Wednesday, May 12, 2004

2004 Clarke Award Nominees

Location: United Kingdom.

Comments: In 2004 both Stephen Baxter and Gwyneth Jones were nominated for the Clarke Award. From a certain perspective, this is an inevitable development, as they are among the most-nominated authors for this award. On the other hand, having the two authors share the same ballot seems like the sort of thing that would cause a rift in the space-time continuum, as the combined weight of their nominations would simply be too much for reality to handle. leaving aside theories about the effect of multiple nominations on the fabric of our universe, this does touch on an interesting point about the Clarke Awards: While the award has a good track record of distributing the "wins" among numerous authors (there have only been three authors who have won the award more than once in its history), the nominee lists as a whole appear to be dominated by a cadre of seemingly perennial nominees.

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

Coalescent by Stephen Baxter
Darwin's Children by Greg Bear
Maul by Tricia Sullivan
Midnight Lamp by Gwyneth Jones
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

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