China Mieville’s The City and the City is one of forty-six titles nominated for the Not the Booker prize organised by the wonderful people at the Guardian. Also on the list are Spirit by Gwyneth Jones, The Quiet War by Paul Mcauley and Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie. You can read the full list compiled by Sam Jordison on the Guardian book blog. I’m quite proud to have nominated The City and the City so it is very nice to see it on the list alongside other excellent spec.fic books. I’ll be casting my vote for Mieville, and highly recommend you do the same.
Not that I’m suggesting you should…
1) Register on the Guardian site.
2) Cast your vote for an excellent spec.fic novel (one person one vote)
3) Systematicaly persuade others to do so via Twitter / Facebook / email or even face to face
…in some kind of organised attempt to vote a spec.fic title the first winner of the Not the Booker. I would never suggest such a thing. Ever.