Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Arthur C Clarke Awards - Nominated Titles

Fifty four novels are this year eligable for the Clarke Awards.  Now, usually, I'm not too fussed about the Clarke Awards but for this year, I am quite excited as I have read and own several of the books listed.

Black Hand Gang by Pat Kelleher (Abaddon Books)

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes (Angry Robot)

Generosity by Richard Powers (Atlantic Books)

Declare by Tim Powers (Corvus)

Finch by Jeff VanderMeer (Corvus)

Holy Machine by Chris Beckett (Corvus)

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu (Corvus)

On the Third Day by Rhys Thomas (Doubleday)

Salvage by Robert Edric (Doubleday)

Bring Home the Stars by Jennifer Kirk (DS Press)

Sylvow by Douglas Thompson (Eibonvale Press)

Red Plenty by Francis Spufford (Faber & Faber)

The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna (Faber & Faber)

Paradise by Glenn Myers (Fizz Books)

A Matter of Blood by Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)

Above the Snowline by Steph Swainston (Gollancz)

Absorption by John Meaney (Gollancz)

Eve: The Burning Life by Hjalti Danielsson (Gollancz)

Guardians of Paradise by Jaine Fenn (Gollancz)

New Model Army by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)

Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz)

The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding (Gollancz)

The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (Gollancz)

The Silent Land by Graham Joyce (Gollancz)

Veteran by Gavin G Smith (Gollancz)

Watch by Robert J Sawyer (Gollancz)

Zendegi by Greg Egan (Gollancz)

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart (Granta)

For the Win by Cory Doctorow (Harper Voyager)

Things We Didn’t See Coming by Steve Amsterdam (Harvill Secker)

C by Tom McCarthy (Jonathan Cape)

Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit)

Lightborn by Tricia Sullivan (Orbit)

Surface Detail by Iain M Banks (Orbit)

The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross (Orbit)

The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod (Orbit)

The Unit by Terry DeHart (Orbit)

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Orbit)

Version 43 by Philip Palmer (Orbit)

The Passage by Justin Cronin (Orion Books)

Blood and Iron by Tony Ballantyne (Pan Macmillan)

Empire of Light by Gary Gibson (Pan Macmillan)

Kraken by China Miéville (Pan Macmillan)

The Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton (Pan Macmillan)

The Technician by Neal Asher (Pan Macmillan)

Zero History by William Gibson (Penguin)

Pornogram by Osric Allen (Robert Temple)

The Meat Tree by Gwyneth Lewis (Seren)

The Age of Zeus by James Lovegrove (Solaris)

The Noise Within by Ian Whates (Solaris)

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)

This is a great list. The titles I've put in bold are ones we have at home.  I've reviewed a grand total of 3 of the shortlisted titles.  And it makes me feel a bit...like I'm lagging behind.  But, having said that, it's my firm resolve to catch up this year, not just with these titles but other books I've bought and not yet read. 

2010 was an amazing year for me as a reader, nevermind a blogger, with some truly great books out.  And looking at my March TBR pile (yes, I now select a certain amount of titles to read each month) I have to say that 2011 is going to beat 2010 hands down when it comes to YA and debut authors.

Has anyone else read any of these and are there any recommendations for me?  Also, what do you think of the titles listed? 


Anonymous said...

Well there's a China title in there, so everyone else might as well give up now.

- Neil.

Anonymous said...

well, you'll clearly be seen widely as an idiot come friday, neil.