If you are a Terry Pratchett fan, you have to check this out! Terry Pratchett has created a prize for new British authors called the Terry Pratchett Anywhere but Here, Anywhen but Now First Novel Prize. The inaugural prize was awarded in 2012 to two titles which tied: Half Sick of Shadows by Michael Logan and Apocalypse Cow by David (no relation) Logan. The idea of the prize was to find new British authors who are writing about places that are basically Earth -– physics still applies; gravity, etc. -– but something is slightly askew.
Sir Terry Pratchett had this to say:
Anywhere but here, anywhen but now. Which means we are after stories set on Earth, although it may be an Earth that might have been, or might yet be, one that has gone down a different leg of the famous trousers of time (see the illustration in almost every book about quantum theory).
The problem for us is that these are new books being published in the UK by new authors, so they are not quite on the radar when it comes to the library ordering titles. ACPL owns two copies of Apocalypse Cow and none of Half Sick of Shadows. Hopefully, the 2013 winner, The Hive by Alexander Maskill, will be easier for us to order. The shortlist titles for the 2013 prize are:
The Unspoken Death of the Amazing Flying Boy by Jean Burdett
Bloodline by Sophie Constable
The Hive by Alexander Maskill
The Way Through the Woods by Robin Pearson
A Kill in the Morning by Graeme Shimmin
The Shadows of Annwn by Catherine Whittle
Look for these titles while you wait for Terry Pratchett’s new Discworld novel, Raising Steam, coming to the U.S. March 25, 2014.