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This is it. Today is the last day of my duties as an Arthur C Clarke Award judge. Once I've posted this, I'll head off to London to sit down with the other judges and decide this year's winner. And then that will be that!

As a reminder, that shortlist in full:
The Red Men by Matthew de Abaitua
The H-Bomb Girl by Stephen Baxter
The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
The Execution Channel by Ken MacLeod
Black Man by Richard Morgan

I've been collecting reviews of all the books, and other relevant links, here, but I'd particuarly direct your attention to:

Go, read, argue, enjoy!

(Alternatively, look what the postman delivered to Nic this morning. I fully expect there to be more comments about that than about the Clarke.)
Go, read, argue, enjoy!

More importantly, fill in my poll!

And if anyone is itching to find out what wins as soon as it's announced, I'll be putting it on my Twitter feed.
I ordered the entire shortlist from a certain very large online retailer a few weeks ago and it has apparently just dispatched. So much for getting them read before the day!
... while waiting for the Humphrey Lyttleton tribute to come on, there was a nice mention of the Clarke Awards tonight and had Ian Wates and Andrew Smith talking about whether SF still has relevance, and Ian pointed out that 3 of the 6 shortlisted books were released as mainstream fiction and not SF.
Don't tell him that! You'll just encourage him!

-- tom
Obligatory bacon salt comment.
Bacon bacon bacon.

Salt salt salt.

-- tom