Finalists for the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award, which honors the best science fiction published in the U.K., are:
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
Generosity by Richard Powers
Declare by Tim Powers
Lightborn by Tricia Sullivan
The winner will be announced April 27  at theSCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival. The Guardianreported that one of this year's judges, Jon Courtenay Grimwood of the British Science Fiction Association, said, "I think this is one of the most interesting lists in the last 25 years. I think it's a good snapshot of SF as a whole, and I'd have said it shows SF in rude and diverse health."
The City and the City by China Miéville won the Arthur C. Clarke award, the U.K.'s prestigious science fiction prize, becoming the first author ever to win three times, the Guardian reported. Miéville said he was "absolutely gobsmacked" and "incredibly honoured" to win.
"It's very different from most of my other books," Miéville observed of The City and the City. "It was very much written in an effort to be absolutely faithful to works of crime fiction. Crime readers will denounce a book because it has 'cheated,' and I wanted to write a book that didn't cheat, that was faithful to crime rules and that if you'd never read any fantasy you could pick up."
Shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2009
Song of Time by Ian R. MacLeod -- winner!
The Quiet War by Paul McAuley
House of Suns (Gollancz) by Alastair Reynolds
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
The Margarets by Sheri S. Tepper
Martin Martin's on the Other Side by Mark Wernham
The winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 29, at an award ceremony held on the opening night of the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival.