Monday, September 21, 2009
On occasion, it’s an honor not even to be nominated:
[Kim Stanley Robinson] believes this year’s [Man Booker] prize should go to Adam Roberts’s science fiction comedy, Yellow Blue Tibia, which didn’t even make the longlist.
This comes not two weeks after an appearance on Neil Gaiman’s bookshelf. I’d like to say I’m not jealous—but I’d be lying.
Thanks Scott! What makes this especially boggleworthy for me, as I said at my author site is this angle: ‘if somebody staged a four way hike-off between Robinson, Le Guin, Delany and Gene Wolfe for the title “world’s greatest living science fiction author” I’d put my money on Robinson.’ In part that’s because in Galileo’s Dream KSR has just published one of his very best books. (Though it’s worth adding: Le Guin has also just published Lavinia, similarly stratsopheric).
Thanks for this post! alerted to the stir caused by Robinson, I whipped up a historicals vs. science fiction review idea for the Austin Statesman. Unfortunately, although my historical - Ackroyd’s Frankenstein - is distributed in the U.S., I couldn’t find Adam Roberts new novel, so I am using Paulo Bacigalupi’s the windup girl.
I owe y’all a hook.