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Arthur C Clarke Award 'will need to change'

16th December 2010

The Arthur C Clarke Award is facing an 'immediate' need to change after funding for the prestigious British science fiction prize came to an end.

In an open letter published on the Torque Control blog, the prize's administrator Tom Hunter pointed out that the death of Sir Arthur in 2008 and the winding-up of his company Rocket Publishing, which provided funding for the award, has created a 'pressing need to change, adapt and re-evaluate'.

Mr Hunter claimed that the award is currently in a strong position, explaining: 'Its profile has never been wider, its organisational and community ties are strong, endorsement and support is high both within the [science fiction] community and the broader cultural sphere.'

However, he also noted that the prize has been 'vulnerable' at certain points in its past, mainly due to financial instability caused by its lack of assets, revenue generation or fundraising activities and its reliance on governance by volunteers.

The administrator ended his letter by calling on science fiction fans and supporters of the award to make suggestions for its future and how the prize can continue its work without its main source of funding.

This year, the Arthur C Clarke Award was won by China Mieville for the The City and the City. The author has scooped the prize twice before, with Iron Council in 2005 and Perdido Street Station in 2001.
 

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