Friday, December 31, 1993
1993 Clarke Award Nominees
Comments: I have not read any of the books that were nominated for the 1993 Clarke Award. I say this not because I think that there was something wrong with this slate of nominees, but rather to highlight the massive bounty that confronts a science fiction fan in the modern era. In the 1950s and 1960s (and even for most of the 1970s), the science fiction field was so small that one could reasonably expect most fans to have read the bulk of the material that was published. But in more recent years, the sheer volume of science fiction available means that no one but the most completely dedicated science fiction fan simply won't keep up, and even the most completely dedicated science fiction fan will often be unable to read everything. While some people bemoan the resulting fracturing of the science fiction fan-base, I think that the explosion of science fiction into a myriad of subgenres is a mark of the maturity of the genre.
Body of Glass by Marge Piercy
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
(tie) Correspondence by Sue Thomas
(tie) Hearts, Hands, and Voices by Ian McDonald
Destroying Angel by Richard Paul Russo
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Lost Futures by Lisa Tuttle
Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick
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