Science fiction authors getting snubbed by the Nobel committee isn't so much a trend as it is a matter of fact, but is it possible that this is the year that Ursula Le Guin finally beats those odds? If you're the betting sort, you may want to know the official odds of that happening.
Professional bookies at Ladbrokes are giving Le Guin 66-to-1 odds. It doesn't sound like much when compared with popular Japanese author Haruki Murakami's 10-to-1 odds but, for a sci-fi/fantasy writer, it's pretty darn swell.
Le Guin isn't the only author of the fantastic with solid odds. Margaret Atwood (who we all know doesn't write sci-fi, even though she totally writes sci-fi) comes in at 50 to 1, and Cormac McCarthy (whose dystopian The Road has genre fiction written all over it) is at 16 to 1.
Considering how long Le Guin has been writing and the sheer volume of her work, we're pulling for her, but it's exciting to see a number of genre writers on this particular list.
Is this the year sci-fi gets its Nobel due? Place your bets!