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Old 03-29-2012, 05:39 PM   #1
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Arthur C Clarke award shortlist 'dreadful', says Christopher Priest

"The much-garlanded science fiction writer Christopher Priest has launched an extraordinary broadside against the authors nominated for this year's Arthur C Clarke award, describing the shortlist as "dreadful" and calling for the resignation of an "incompetent" panel of judges in a post on his website.

The six titles chosen for the shortlist were announced earlier this week, ranging from China Miéville's deep-space exploration of the fall myth, Embassytown, to Jane Rogers's Booker-longlisted dystopian novel The Testament of Jessie Lamb. According to Priest, author of The Prestige, only Rogers' novel deserves to be on the shortlist, with the remaining titles all unworthy and four novels "outstandingly ignored" by judges: Ian R MacLeod's Wake Up and Dream, Simon Ings's Dead Water, Adam Roberts's By Light Alone and Lavie Tidhar's Osama.

"It is indefensible that a novel like Charles Stross's Rule 34 should be given apparent credibility by an appearance in the Clarke shortlist," writes Priest, who has won both genre and literary prizes for his novels but whose latest outing, The Islanders, failed to make the Arthur C Clarke shortlist. "Stross writes like an internet puppy: energetically, egotistically, sometimes amusingly, sometimes affectingly, but always irritatingly, and goes on being energetic and egotistical and amusing for far too long," he continued. "You wait nervously for the unattractive exhaustion which will lead to a piss-soaked carpet."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012...=FBCNETTXT9038


its a pretty amusing rant.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:45 PM   #2
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It's never a good idea for one genre author to publicly criticize other genre authors. There's just no way to avoid coming across as an ass... even when you're right.
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I've got two words for Mr. Priest, glass house. Oh wait, Stross wrote that one, lol. Talk about setting yourself up for a fall!
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... and this year's asshat award goes to ...
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With a couple of billion runners up....
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:15 PM   #8
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With a couple of billion runners up....
We are talking "shortlist" here.
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According to Priest, author of The Prestige, only Rogers' novel deserves to be on the shortlist, with the remaining titles all unworthy
I gave up half way through Embassytown, but I would still put it on a short list for a prize. It is a major work of science fiction, worth of consideration. Priest argues that it isn't up to Miéville's usual standard, but the appropriate comparison is to other titles published in the UK in 2011.

I had not previously heard of the The End Specialist By Drew Magary, and it sounded good enough that I bought it last night. It is only available in the UK (not in the US).

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I gave up half way through Embassytown, but I would still put it on a short list for a prize. It is a major work of science fiction, worth of consideration. Priest argues that it isn't up to Miéville's usual standard, but the appropriate comparison is to other titles published in the UK in 2011.
I've never been able to get through a single Mieville book. I find his prose and world building exhausting. It's all very impressive and completely uninvolving. Ditto Neal Stephenson.
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I always figured these lists to be publishing house 'highest bidders' as to who the winners are.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:15 PM   #13
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Taking it in stride... as always.
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I've never been able to get through a single Mieville book. I find his prose and world building exhausting. It's all very impressive and completely uninvolving. Ditto Neal Stephenson.
There you go. Different strokes for different folks. Love both China Miéville and Neal Stephenson.
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When I was a kid, I loved SF, but it seems to have gotten so pretentious these days.
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