Christopher Priest surveys the offerings for this year’s Arthur C. Clarke award for science fiction and comes away disappointed. His assessment of China Miéville’s latest effort (and the chance that it could win a fourth award) is particularly amusing:

“a fourth award to this writer would send out a misleading and damaging message to the world at large: it suggests that not only is Mr Miéville the best the SF world can offer at the moment, he is shown to be more or less the only writer worth reading. Worse even than this, it would send a misleading message to China Miéville himself.”