This year's winner is STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel (link to book at Powell's: http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780385353304-3). It is a post-apocalyptic novel about the survivors of a global pandemic. It makes references to _Star Trek_ episodes. It sounds interesting and I'd like to read it.
Apparently, according to hearsay on a comment thread on io9, the author doesn't consider her book science fiction. This is a commonly stated opinion among "literary" authors who use speculative fiction settings and concepts in their work (see Ishiguro, McCarthy, etc...)
If this is true, then I wonder: Since the Clarke Award is specifically for a "science fiction novel" will the author accept the award? And will the author cash the check (2000 pounds) that comes with it?