I don't know Lessing's work very well, but I remember being blown away by The Golden Notebook when I was in my twenties. I probably missed a lot of the message, but I was carried along by the sheer audacity of the thing. This piece in the Telegraph reminded me of a couple of other things I'd read & made me want to go look at some of those SF novels. (In my twenties I was very "literary" & had a certain disdain for SF. As Jonathan Mayhew says, many good writers have been overlooked by the Nobel committee, but then many good writers have been overlooked by many prize committees of various sorts for various reasons. And John Ashbery, whom Jonathan mentions, has certainly won a big boxful of prizes, not thaty I'd be sorry to seem him get the Nobel, nor Adonis, either. Others on Jonathan's list of committee-neglected writers certainly have / have had a legitimate claim. On balance, though, Lessing seems a reasonable choice. As a side note, I am surprised that the American Right is not using the Literature prize to "radical feminist" Lessing as a club to beat the Nobel committee because it gave Al Gore -- you know, that radical leftist -- the Peace Prize. But I don't think the American Right reads all that much.