A while back I had a quiet rave about Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver, and its successor, The Confusion. And now we have the news that the first book in the trilogy has won the 2004 Arthur C. Clarke Award. The award is given for the 'best science fiction novel which received its first British publication during the previous calendar year.'
It is no suprise that Quicksilver should win an award, except that, as Beatrice points out, it's doubtful whether it's science fiction. Still, let us not quibble. A good read is a good read, and deserves all the help it can get.