Pynchon is quite reclusive but the organisers are hoping a stuffed tentacle and a prize of £2000 plus a bottle of Kraken rum will lure him out for the award ceremony. Rivals for the award include poet Anne Carson and crossover novelist Patrick Ness – it is a very varied shortlist!
A Tale for the Time Being, by Booker-shortlisted Ruth Ozeki makes the shortlist with an exploration on the nature of time. Carnegie medal-winning Patrick Ness is nominated for More Than This, which takes place in the afterlife of a teenager trapped in a deserted world. Then there is James Smythe’s The Machine, a dystopian novel where memories can be recorded by a machine.
Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan for the Golden Tentacle for a debut novel.
Nick Harkaway won the Red Tentacle last year for Angelmaker.