Topically, given the subject of my latest book review, China Mieville tonight won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel of 2009 for his previous novel, The City and The City. This is the third time Mieville has won the award, having previously won in 2005 for Iron Council and in 2001 for Perdido Street Station.
Mieville is reportedly 'absolutely gobsmacked' over the win. The other nominees were Spirit by Gwyneth Jones, Yellow Blue Tibia by Adam Roberts, Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson, Far North by Marcel Theroux and Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding.
Update: China Mieville's acceptance speech.