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Will more science fiction make Man Booker nominations?

3rd February 2011

It is time that the Man Booker Prize recognises the contribution of science fiction to literature, one fiction writer has argued.

In a piece for the Guardian, Damien G. Walter claimed that the speculative genre is rarely recognised by major literary awards, despite the fact that authors such as H.G. Wells, George Orwell or J.G. Ballard have written in this style.

He added that recent years have seen mainstream authors increasingly borrow ideas and techniques from the science fiction genre, but this growing influence fails to be reflected in the shortlists of awards such as the Man Booker Prize.

'As the Booker Prize opens for nominations, accepting digital submissions for the first time, will this also be the year that worthy works of [science fiction] receive serious consideration from the Booker judges?' the author asked.

Walter also suggested that the Booker's panel considers including speculative fiction works such as The Silent Land by Graham Joyce, Jo Walton's Among Others and China Mieville's Embassytown on its shortlist.

Last month, an analysis of Man Booker Prize winners posted on the Punkadiddle blog by academic Adam Roberts showed that the award has never been won by a science fiction or fantasy novel, while only four such works have been shortlisted.
 

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