Friday, December 31, 1999

1999 Clarke Award Nominees

Location: United Kingdom.

Comments: What can I say about the 1999 Clarke award ballot? A good work by a woman won the award, but that's not particularly noteworthy. There was a little gender imbalance in the list of nominees, but given the overall track record of the Clarke awards, that's not particularly upsetting. There is a distinct lack of minority writers on the ballot, but that's more or less par for the course for genre awards, and in any event, the Clarke Awards seem to have done a better job at being inclusive than most other awards, so I'll forgive them for this. No one seems to have been particularly shafted by these results - there was no one book that you look at and scratch your head wondering, "How did Dreaming in Smoke beat that book?", so there's no real controversy to be had there. other than remarking on how well-run the Clarke Awards seem to be, there is basically nothing to say about them here.

Dreaming in Smoke by Tricia Sullivan

The Cassini Division by Ken MacLeod
Cavalcade by Alison Sinclair
Earth Made of Glass by John Barnes
The Extremes by Christopher Priest
Time on My Hands: A Novel with Photographs by Peter Delacorte

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Go to previous year's nominees: 1998
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2000

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