Yesterday I attended the Clarke Award ceremony at the Royal Society in London. The event opened with a panel discussion on science in five years (in 2,001 days… Geddit?) – I was pleased to learn that there are people currently working on World Ships. That was cool.
Anyway, the reason most of us were there was to learn who won the prize (and, ahem, the drinks afterwards…). And so, big congratulations to…
CHRIS BECKETT, for his novel DARK EDEN (Corvus)
The runners-up, all equally interesting and high-quality science-fiction novels, were…
Adrian Barnes, Nod (Bluemoose)
Nick Harkaway, Angelmaker (William Heinemann)
Peter Heller, The Dog Stars (Headline)
Ken MacLeod, Intrusion (Orbit)
Kim Stanley Robinson, 2312 (Orbit)
After the event, I had the pleasure of meeting a great number of people who I have long respected and/or only known on the other end of an email conversation or through Twitter. It was wonderful to meet so many of you and chat about all things genre and much other things besides. A great evening.