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Zoo City wins the 25th Arthur C Clarke Award

Zoo City wins the 25th Arthur C Clarke Award

Zoo City, written by Lauren Beukes and published by the irrepressible Angry Robot Books has won the 25th Arthur C Clarke award.

Zoo City triumphed despite fierce competition from such luminaries as Ian McDonald and his BSFA award winning Dervish House, Patrick Ness for his critically acclaimed Monsters of Men and Tim Powers with the novel Declare.

Congratulations on the well deserved victory go to Lauren Beukes and Angry Robot Books, well done guys!

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written by Ant on Wednesday 27th April 2011
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Shortlist announced for 2011 Gemmell Awards

The Shortlist for the 2011 David Gemmell awards have been announced and it looks set to be a very fierce competition in all three categories. Great to see Jordan and Sanderson's Towers of Midnight making it through in the Legend category, along with Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdom's that I reviewed last month.

Voting opens Monday 2nd May 2011

The Shortlist

Legend Award - Best Fantasy Novel

The Desert Spear - Peter V Brett

War of the Dwarves - Markus Heitz

Towers of Midnight - Robert Jord...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 26th April 2011
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Nominations for 2011 Hugo awards

Nominations for 2011 Hugo & Campbell awards

The nominations for this years Hugo awards and the John W Campbell award for best new writer have been announced and include Ian McDonald for his Dervish House novel (having just won the BSFA), Lois McMaster Bujold for Cryoburn, Mira Grant for Feed, NK Jemisin for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (also nominated for this years Gemmell Award) and Angry Robot authors Lauren Beukes (for the Jown W Campbell) and Alliete de Bodard (Hugo best Novelette).

It's a suprising and very interesting mix this year, although Best Dramatic Presentation Long Form feels a bit of a one horse race - can your really compare "How to ...

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written by Ant on Monday 25th April 2011
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Mark Hodder wins the 2011 Philip K Dick award

Winner of the 2011 Philip K Dick Award

The winner of the 2011 Philip K Dick award is the steampunk-esque novel "The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack" by Mark Hodder.

The novel tells the tale of Capt. Sir Richard Francis Burton as he pursues a legendary and violent Victorian creature known as Spring Heeled Jack - at the behest of the prime minister.

Set within a steampunk alternative history, The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack is Mark Hodder's debut full length novel....

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written by Ant on Monday 25th April 2011
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Ian McDonald wins the 2010 BSFA

Winner of the 2010 BSFA Award

The winners of the 2010 British Science Fiction Awards (BSFA) have been announced at this years Eastercon event and the winner of best novel has gone to Ian McDonald's "The Dervish House".

The third book in Ian's Thematic trilogy - following on from "River of Gods" and "Brasyl" which were also both winners of the BSFA in 2005 and 2008 respectively, The Dervish house focuses on the country of Turkey in 2025 and follows the 9 year old Istanbul resident "Can Durukan" who has a serious heart condition and dreams of becoming a detective - that is until his spy-bot witnesses the aftermath of a horrific suicide bombing.

Best Short Fiction was won by Aliette...

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written by Ant on Sunday 24th April 2011
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China Meiville talks about Embassy Town

Embassy Town, the new novel from China Meiville is due out on the 28th April and to wet your appetite you can hear what the man himself has to say about the book in this interview below:

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written by Ant on Tuesday 19th April 2011
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New Design Live!

For the last few weeks I have been slaving away at creating a new look for the site, after feeling that the current design looked a bit flat and washed out and also to celebrate 12 years of SFBook.

The result of this hard work is now live and "should" be fairly error free (fingers crossed).

I will be tweaking a few things over the next few weeks and watch out for a mobile friendly version on it's way too, any issues then please do let me know via the usual channels, your feedback is also as ever appreciated.

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written by Ant on Thursday 14th April 2011
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Book of the Month April 2011

Book of the Month April 2011

Another very close call this month, for the Book of the Month with some really outstanding novels, I have personally read 22 novels in March which even for me is a lot, and a pace that I really couldn't keep up all year.

Choosing a book of the month was quite difficult, in the end though Dan Abnett's Embedded just scraped through, as close a call as it was last month.

Congratulations to Dan, and to Angry Robot Books for having the sense to publish such great works.

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written by Ant on Saturday 2nd April 2011
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Sven Michael Davison on Ebook Piracy

state of mind

Yesterday I interviewed Sven Michael Davison about his new Dystopian vision "State of Mind" and during the interview I realised that he was in an almost unique position of being involved in the anti-piracy battle working for Fox and then seeing Piracy from the angel of a content creator after writing State of Mind, so I asked him another question, he was kind enough to provide a very insightful and detailed answer:

Ant: Piracy is a very emotive subject and something that I have written about on a number of occasions - as the emerging ebook market is experiencing...

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written by Ant on Saturday 2nd April 2011