|Winner Gwyneth Jones with her award.
by John Berlyne
London's Science Museum once again played host to the
Arthur C. Clarke Award in a ceremony that took place on Saturday May
18th. This prize is awarded annually for the best SF novel to be
published in the UK and is administered by the British Science
Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation and the Science
Following last year's successful format, there was short program of
discussions and readings organized by Pat Cadigan. Hosted Author Ray
Hammond and by Dave Green, the first panel which considered the
"Surprise Ending to 2001" followed by a second discussion on
"Predicting History" - As well as award nominees, the panels
consisted of such genre luminaries as John Clute, Foundation's Andy
Sawyer and reviewer and writer Roz Kaveney. (continued)
|A tailored China Miéville announces the winner
- Gwyneth Jones, who reads from
Bold As Love. - Pat Cadigan
stands in for Connie Willis.
|Fred Clarke receives a painting from Danny Flynn and thanks from
Andy Sawyer. - Paul Kincaid tell of the
agonies of judging such a quality short list. -
Jon Courtenay-Grimwood reads from Pashazade.
|Peter F. Hamilton reads from Fallen Dragon.
- Paul McAuley reads from The Secret of Life.
- Fantasy author Millar Lau signs.
|Jon Courtenay-Grimwood, Paul McAuley, Gwyneth Jones, Peter F
Hamilton. - James R. Hartley
- Justina Robson reads from Mappa Mundi.
- Ray Hammond
from above) Five of the six nominees were present -
Jon Courtenay_Grimwood, Justina Robson, Paul McAuley, Peter F.
Hamilton and Gwyneth Jones - the only absentee being Connie Willis,
unable to make the trip over due to a prior engagement. The five
British authors each read from their nominated novels, with Pat
Cadigan making an admirable stand in for the missing American.
Following the afternoon programme, there was an evening reception
preceding the presenting of the award. This was the usual red wine
and gossip affair and amongst the faces glimpsed through the crowds
were editors John Jarrold (Earthlight,) Jane Johnson
(HarperCollins), Jo Fletcher (Gollancz) and Macmillan's Peter Lavery,
all of whom had authors on the shortlist. Amongst the other writers
attending were Kim Newman, Adam Roberts, M. John Harrision, Millar
Lau, John Meany, James R. Hartley, Ben Jeapes, Roger Levy, and David
Following a speech from chairman of the judges and award
administrator Paul Kincaid, the were speeches by Angela Edwards (Sir
Arthur's niece) and by Maureen Kincaid Speller and Andy Sawyer who
made a presentation to Sir Arthur's brother, Fred Clarke. Finally
the award itself was announced by last year's winner China Miéville.
The winner was Gwyneth Jones for her novel Bold As Love (Gollancz).
Following a most memorable acceptance speech, Gwyneth took home a
bookend statuette and a cheque for £2002.