As usual the announcement of the Booker longlist has completely overshadowed the fact that the annual Hugo awards for speculative fiction are about to given out. Taking place on August 9 in the at the catchily titled World Science Fiction Convention, Denvention 3, the prizes are big news in the SF community, but as far as I can make out from my own reading and a hunt through google, has garnered barely a mention in the British mainstream media.
To an extent, the comparative lack of coverage is fair enough. SF is far more of a niche interest - and one that is well able to support itself with its myriad of websites and intelligent fan writers. It still strikes me as a pity though. It's a shame that so much interesting writing should be so ghettoised and a real oversight to ignore so much native British talent. Most notably, two out of the five shortlisted novels are written by British writers: Charlie Stross's Halting State and Brasyl by Ian McDonald. Both have plenty to recommend them.
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