We’re delighted to announce that two Zeno authors are on the short-list (of six) for this year’s coveted Arthur C. Clarke Award…
Not a bad hit rate for us! Ian has been on this shortlist in previous years and THE DERVISH HOUSE, listed in countless year’s best lists, is already winner of the SciFi Now award for best novel is a book on everyone’s lips as a definite contender for this year’s Hugo.
DECLARE is an interesting addition to the Clarke shortlist, not least because it was first published in the US back in 2000, when it won both the World Fantasy Award and the International Horror Guild award. It has taken a lamentably long time for British publishing to see the value in Powers’ work, but with the backing, support and vision of Corvus, DECLARE is now available directly to UK readers, with other books in the pipeline.
Award administrator Tom Hunter said ‘For me this list is a great indication of just how deep, rich and complex the literature of science fiction can be. I think this list is a definite keeper, as they say, and my hope is that twenty-five years from now people will still be coming back to it as a representation of everything that’s best about the diversity and strength of our genre‘
Over at The Guardian Online, author Eric Brown has reviewed the new Corvus edition of DECLARE by Tim Powers.
Brown calls the book ‘… big in every sense: vast in scope, philosophically deep and satisfying in terms of characterisation.’ And ‘… an immense hybrid of classic spy novel and supernatural thriller, impeccably wrought cold war period detail combining with the brooding sense of evil that Powers does so well. ‘
Read the full piece here… or better still, read the book!
Happy Publication Day to Tim Powers!!! His brilliant novel DECLARE finally receives its British publication today ten years after it was first published in the US with the release of a very smart mass market paperback edition published by Corvus.
DECLARE is a supernatural spy novel, described by Dean Koontz as ‘A Tour de Force, a brilliant blend of Le Carré spy fiction with the otherworldly, packed with historical fact, dazzling flights of imagination , and wonderful suspense,’ and William Gibson says that ‘DECLARE‘s occult subtext for the deeper Cold War is wonderfully original and brilliantly executed‘.
And don’t just take their word for it – DECLARE won the 2001 World Fantasy Award for best novel and the International Horror Guild Award in the same year. It was also voted number two fantasy novel (just behind George R.R. Martin’s A STORM OF SWORDS, but well ahead of Philip Pullman and Robert Jordan!) in the 2001 LOCUS poll, and was also nominated for the Nebula and Mythopoeic awards.
Needless to say I am beyond delighted to have played a part in bringing this brilliant novel and brilliant author to a new audience. In fact, I think I’ll just nip off and read it again!