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Arthur C Clarke Award 2009

Last night I attended the Arthur C Clarke Award at the Apollo Cinema in London. I was delighted that good friend Ian R MacLeod won the award this year for his novel Song of Time. I took the opportunity to hold the award itself for a few moments, given that it’s unlikely I’ll ever win one of my own!

It was great to catch up with a few old friends and meet a few new people as well. As ever, the event itself was very slick and ran smoothly – no doubt with chaos behind the scenes.

Dark rain car dream

My wife and I in a car. A large, white, American car. My wife’s driving.
It’s dark, raining. Black shiny road. White lines. Hedges either side.
We’re away from home in the UK somewhere. Devon?
I have a train to catch. Or is it a plane? Mustn’t miss it.
We pull up outside the station. Police (foreign police?) are checking documents.
This worries us.
Not long to go until departure time, which is at quarter-to the hour.
Then we realise we’re at the wrong station.
There’s only minutes left.
We’ll never make it.
We can’t turn the huge car around in the narrow lane.


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