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The Arthur C Clarke Award


LogoThe Arthur C Clarke Award is the UK's foremost literary prize for science fiction literature. It was set up in 1987 funded by a grant from Sir Arthur C Clarke, author of, amongst many others, Childhood's End, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Rendezvous with Rama, and generally considered to be one of the 'Big Three' (along with Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein) of SF's classic era.

A shortlist of six is announced in March and the winner in late April or early May. The prize fund is the year in pounds (eg £1999 for the winner in 1999).

There have been three multiple winners of the prize: China Miéville has won on three occasions and Pat Cadigan and Geoff Ryman have won twice. Margaret Atwood remains the only Booker Prize winner also to have won this award - she was the inaugural winner - although 1997's winner, Amitav Ghosh, has been shortlisted for the Booker.

The 2012 shortlist was heavily criticised by 2003's winner Christopher Priest, who dismissed the merits of all the shortlisted books aside from Jane Roger's The Testament of Jessie Lamb (the eventual winner) and called for the judges' resignation. The 2013 shortlist also came under fire, as it featured only male authors.

The 2015 winner, announced at a ceremony at Foyles on 6th May, was Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. Chair of the judges, Andrew M Butler, said: 'While many post-apocalypse novels focus on the survival of humanity, Station Eleven focuses instead on the survival of our culture, with the novel becoming an elegy for the hyper-globalised present.'

 

2015 shortlist

The Girl with All the Gifts
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M. R. Carey
 
Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.
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The Book of Strange New Things
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Michel Faber
Peter Leigh is a missionary called to go on the journey of a lifetime. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Bea, he boards a flight for a remote and unfamiliar land...
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Europe in Autumn
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Dave Hutchinson
 
'Europe in Autumn' is a thriller of espionage and the future which reads like the love child of John le Carre and Franz Kafka. Rudi is a cook in a...
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Memory of Water
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Emmi Itaranta
 
With the lyricism of Ishiguro's NEVER LET ME GO, and the world building brilliance of Atwood, Emmi Itaranta's effortless and poignant debut novel is a coming of age story full...
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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
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Claire North
 
The extraordinary journey of one unforgettable character - a story of friendship and betrayal, loyalty and redemption, love and loneliness and the inevitable march of time. *Richard and Judy Book...
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Station Eleven
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Emily St. John Mandel
 
'Glorious, unexpected, superbly written; just try putting it down' The Times
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Previous winners

2014 Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

2013 Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

2012 The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers

2011 Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

2010 The City & the City by China Miéville

2009 Song of Time by Ian R MacLeod

2008 Black Man by Richard Morgan

2007 Nova Swing by M John Harrison

2006 Air by Geoff Ryman

2005 Iron Council by China Miéville

2004 Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

2003 The Separation by Christopher Priest

2002 Bold As Love by Gwyneth Jones (not currently in print)

2001 Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

2000 Distraction by Bruce Sterling (not currently in print)

1999 Dreaming in Smoke by Tricia Sullivan (not currently in print)

1998 The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

1997 The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh

1996 Fairyland by Paul J McAuley

1995 Fools by Pat Cadigan

1994 Vurt by Jeff Noon (not currently in print)

1993 Body of Glass (published as He, She and It in the United States) by Marge Piercy (not currently in print)

1992 Synners by Pat Cadigan

1991 Take Back Plenty by Colin Greenland (not currently in print)

1990 The Child Garden by Geoff Ryman

1989 Unquenchable Fire by Rachel Pollack (not currently in print))

1988 The Sea and Summer by George Turner (not currently in print)

1987 The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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