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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Pushing the Genre Boundary Through the Award Process

Here is a SF Crowsnest interview of the Arthur C. Clark Award administrator, Tom Hunter. This award is the UK's main literary science fiction award.

One interesting note about this award was its inclusion of literary writers and publishing its long list of considered literary works. Tom Hunter had this to say about this idea:

It's certainly been suggested in the past that perhaps the award would do well to set a sort of best practise definition of what constitutes a science fictional work in order to aid the judges in their decision-making and serve as a public statement of intent.

Hunter went on to describe the Internet's role (particularly Web 2.0) in achieving this goal.

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