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Nina Allan's thoughts on the importance of the Arthur C Clarke Award, and this year's possible shortlist:

What matters most about the Clarke is not who wins, but that it acts as a showcase for what is happening in SF now. As such, I believe it should take a pride in presenting writers who are prepared to risk themselves intellectually, stretch themselves imaginatively and hone their skills as writers to produce works of artistic originality and lasting literary power. In putting forward my own guesses at the six books that will make up this year’s Clarke Award shortlist I’ve tried to reflect these ideals. There are some interesting omissions.

Meanwhile, Nicholas Whyte attempts to predict the shortlist using science.

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