05/07/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Science fiction author Chris Beckett has walked away with £5000 (c. US $10,000) after winning the mainstream Edge Hill literary award, we are informed by his agent, John Jarrold, who is obviously over the moon. Chris's work The Turing Test was published by the now dead Elastic Press, seeing off more mainstream publishers such as Cape and Faber.
The Edgehill is seen as a very prestigious prize by the mainstream literary establishment. One of the judges, BBC Radio 4's James Walton, said he thought the win would be, "a surprise in the world of books."
Too frakking right, pal. We expect the Greek Chorus of science fiction deniers among the .lit establishment to delve into a bit of alternative reality fiction themselves, shortly, and take the Margaret Attwood/JK Rowling path to the genre, aka, "Oh, but this isn't science fiction/fantasy. It's too good to be that."
SFF agent to the stars, John Jarrold told SFcrowsnest, "As you can imagine, I'm delighted that Chris should win a major literary prize - and that an SF collection should do so!"
More over at www.johnjarrold.co.uk/
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