The Arthur C Clarke Award, worth £2,009 (the prize goes up by £1 each year), has gone to Ian R MacLeod for Song of Time (PS Publishing). Chair of the judges Paul Billinger described it as 'a rich and subtle novel that couples themes of memory and identity with well crafted and all too human characters. Following the thoughtful reflections of an elderly musician as she contemplates her death (and, as this is the future, what may come next) the novel is infused throughout with the love of music and contains some of the most evocative writing on the subject for many years.' Also shortlisted were:
The Quiet War by Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz)
Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Atlantic)
The Margarets by Sheri'S Tepper (Gollancz)
Martin Martin's on the Other Side by Mark Wernham (Cape).