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So the Arthur C Clarke Award shortlist has been announced. Well done to the judges for producing such an interesting and varied list. My odds are:

Nova Swing by M. John Harrison - 1/2
Oh Pure and Radiant Heart by Lydia Millet - 3/1
Hav by Jan Morris - 6/1
Streaking by Brian Stableford - 6/1
End of the World Blues by Jon Courtenay Grimwood - 12/1
Gradisil by Adam Roberts - 12/1

As my odds suggest I think Harrison is the clear favourite but Millet has got good buzz and Streaking might be worth a dark horse bet.

Previous odds: 2005 and 2006

Comments

The Harrison is just such a damn good novel that I'd be very surprised if anything else got a look in. I don't like Grimwood much.

The Millet? Oh my, but it's just SO BAD.

Huzzah! Glad to see someone else felt as I did. Of course, I can't really say it's bad, since I couldn't finish the damn thing, but ... I do not want to. Ever.

I didn't like it either, and I am looking forward to more peopl reading it so I can talk about it with them.

It's probably a good job you didn't finish it, because the ending did not redeem the story.

Never misunderestimate the jury

I suspect that means Morris will win....

Not that I'm going to take you up on them, of course...

Are you actually offering to pay out on these odds...?

Re: Not that I'm going to take you up on them, of course...

Alas these are virtual odds. If anyone out there owns a bookies though...

If Grimwood wins I'm going to cry.

On a different note, I will be reading Vellum after all these months since I managed to wangle a free ARC of Ink and you are of course welcome to borrow it once I'm done.

since I managed to wangle a free ARC of Ink

Dammit, and I thought I was special ... how'd you manage that one?

I read this post on the <a href="http://www.uksfbooknews.net/>UK SF Book News Network</a> site. I couldn't solve the puzzle, but I did sign up for updates on the site and was surprised to see a copy of <i>Ink</i> arrive through my door last week.

Ah, right. I fiddled around with the site and decided that I could probably solve the puzzle if I put in the effort to go back every week for the new clues, but that I was lazy. :)

I wasn't sure what the hell was going on. I fiddled around with those shapes that could dragged around and locked in place, but that was as far as I got.

To be fair, the letter that came with my ARC had a pattern on it that was fairly obviously the pattern you were meant to make with the shapes. So I did that, and it opened up two secret windows with binary code in them. Converting the binary to text revealed it as the first two parts of (what I guess was) a riddling poem. Going back every week to get the next parts seemed like a lot of hassle, though ...

I got the pattern by trial and error (as in the shapes stayed in place rather than returning to their original positions), but I didn't see any secret windows. :(

I managed to wangle a free ARC of Ink and you are of course welcome to borrow it once I'm done.

Cheers. The problem is I think I would have to re-read Vellum and I'm not sure I want to do that. I would appreciate a view on whether Duncan actually manages to bring it all together.

I am planning to read Puching Ice next (one of the novels that filled the Roberts/JCG position on last year's shortlist.) Is this madness?

I haven't got around to Pushing Ice yet, but I don't see why it would be a bad thing. It's standalone at least, so there should be no hanging threads. Deus ex machinas and bad pacing.... maybe.

It's ... ok. It's essentially the entire Rama series in one book, with a not-entirely-convincing rivalry between two female characters at the heart of it. I'd read one of his short fiction collections instead ...

Bugger.

However I like Reynolds a lot more than you do so perhaps it will be better for me. I haven't read the Rama books either.

I was going to mention Chasm City but I seem to recall that there's something that I need to read first to avoid counter-mocking. The Handmaid's Tale?

I liked it more than Century Rain, if that helps. :p

Hmm, maybe I should do a poll about what I should read in the brief gap between Clarke duties and overdue reading-for-review.

I liked the first two-thirds of Century Rain a lot, so this gives me renewed hope.

A poll? What an excellent idea!

Hmm, maybe I should do a poll about what I should read in the brief gap between Clarke duties and overdue reading-for-review.

Yes. Yes, you should.

To be fair, that really does deserve a "/pred". :-p

what does pred even mean? Is it short for grooming?

I think you need to do another poll:

"Do you know what 'pred.' means?

Yes o
No  o

"Did you know what it meant before I explained it you you?

No  o"

I am waiting, Niall.