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China Mieville wins third Arthur C Clarke Award

29th April 2010

Fantasy author China Mieville has won the Arthur C Clarke Award for a third time.

Mieville's The City and the City - a crime fiction novel which features strong elements of fantasy - saw off competition from a shortlist which included former winner Gwyneth Jones to clinch the GBP 2,010 prize.

The author has previously won the award with Perdido Street Station and Iron Council, which are much closer to the traditional fantasy novel than his most recent work.

Speaking to the Guardian, Mieville explained that The City and the City was his first foray into crime fiction and he attempted to stay true to the conventions of the genre.

'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,' he commented.

Other writers shortlisted for this year's Arthur C Clarke Award included Adam Roberts, Chris Wooding, Marcel Theroux and Kim Stanley Robinson.

Last year, Richard Morgan scooped the accolade for Black Man, which uses the story of genetically-engineered soldiers to examine prejudice and scientific experimentation.

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