Jane Rogers wins the 2012 Clarke Award!

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This year's Arthur C. Clarke Awards had a slightly controversial shortlist, but the winner seems likely to make a lot of people happy: It's the Booker-longlisted novel The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers.


Here's the novel's synopsis:

Women are dying in their millions. Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God, some see human arrogance reaping the punishment it deserves. Jessie Lamb is an ordinary girl living in extraordinary times: as her world collapses, her idealism and courage drive her towards the ultimate act of heroism. If the human race is to survive, it's up to her. But is Jessie heroic? Or is she, as her father fears, impressionable, innocent, incapable of understanding where her actions will lead?

And meanwhile, the outgoing Clarkelord, Lauren Beukes, has some important last-minute edicts for her subjects, including a ban on raisins. [Clarke results via Niall Harrison]


Discodave: R.O.A.C.H. M.O.T.E.L.

Oh god... I expect a detailed and empassioned rant from my OH on the subject. She says it starts out brilliantly and then she threw it away in disgust. Not singing from Christopher Priest's hymnbook in this household, fair to say.