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Academic in running for Science Fiction honour

Posted on 28/05/2010

Yellow Blue Tibia

Professor Adam Roberts, from the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London, has been shortlisted for this year’s Arthur C Clarke Award, a prestigious prize presented to the best Science Fiction novel of the year. The results are due to be announced today (28 April) at a ceremony held on the opening night of the Sci-Fi London film festival.

Professor Roberts’ book ‘Yellow Blue Tibia’ will be competing with some of the biggest names in science fiction. The six shortlisted titles selected from a long list of forty-one eligible submissions put forward by seventeen different publishing houses include China Miéville′s surreal venture into crime fiction, ‘The City and the City’, and Gwyneth Jones’ ‘Spirit’.

A Professor of Nineteenth Century Literature at the College, Adam is the author of a growing number of science fiction novels, short stories, essays and other writings. Set in Russia in 1946, ‘Yellow Blue Tibia’ sees a group of Soviet SF authors concocting a story about aliens poised to invade the earth which, post-Chernobyl, starts to come true. The novel has received rave reviews, with Tom Holt of ‘SFX’ describing it as “gripping, captivating, wonderfully funny and magnificently written", and Eric Brown writing in ‘The Guardian’ that “as ever with Roberts, the writing is impeccable and the ideas riveting.”

Professor Roberts says, “I am particularly delighted about being shortlisted for this award because of the sheer excellence of the other nominees. It means that my happiness at being shortlisted in the first place is tempered by a kind of relief -- there′ll be, for me, neither shame, envy nor sorrow if I lose to a book the calibre of ‘Galileo′s Dream’, ‘Spirit’ or ‘The City and the City'.”

Katie Normington, Dean of Arts at Royal Holloway, adds, “I am delighted that Professor Roberts has been nominated for this award for the second time. It speaks highly of creative writing teaching and research at Royal Holloway.”


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