Ian R. MacLeod, one of England's finest contemporary writers, won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award recently for his novel Song of Time from PS Publishing. Although MacLeod is an amazing stylist whose work is often poignant and complex, the win came as a surprise primarily because Song of Time was released by an independent press. MacLeod beat out, among others, Neal Stephenson, and the win hopefully will get the author some long-overdue credit outside of genre for his spectacular talent.
In the starred review from Booklist, Ray Olson wrote about MacLeod's novel, "Near the end of the twenty-first century, an old woman in Cornwall rescues a nude young man from the ocean...She is a world-famous violinist, who, despite having taken full advantage of life-prolonging therapeutics, knows death is near. It suits her needs to reminisce and his to listen. Her remembrances are punctuated by daily life with Adam until she has told him all. Her colorful, eventful life almost distracts us from the exceptional tumult amid which it is lived[, affected by] macroevents that we in 2008 look on as dreaded possibilities but that she treats as only so much context...This book forefronts a personal story within that vision and artfully suggests that, in human terms, the personal trumps the historical every time."
I interviewed MacLeod via email about the award ceremony and Song of Time. Visit his website for more information about his work.