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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.'

The 2016 winner was Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky,

The 2017 shortlist is being judged by: Una McCormack, British Science Fiction Association; Shana Worthen, British Science Fiction Association; Paul March-Russell, Science Fiction Foundation; Andrew McKie, Science Fiction Foundation and Charles Christian, SCI-FI-LONDON film festival. On announcing the shortlist, non-voting Chair of the Judges, Dr Andrew M. Butler praised the judges and the shortlist, but declined to guess at the eventual winner. “Every year our industrious judges sift through scores of novels to pick six to represent the state of the sf field. They’ve chosen a first timer and a previous winner, as well as writers in the process of building great reputations. Any of these could win — at this point I cannot begin to guess.” The winner will be announced at Foyles, Charing Cross Road on 27th July.

 

 

2017 shortlist

A Closed and Common Orbit
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Becky Chambers
 
The extraordinary new novel by Becky Chambers, author of the beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: 'a quietly profound, humane tour de force.' (Guardian)
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Ninefox Gambit
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Yoon Ha Lee
 
To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general. This is the smash-hit Hugo and Nebula award-nominated science fiction debut from...
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After Atlas: A Planetfall Novel
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Emma Newman
 
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Occupy Me
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Tricia Sullivan
 
A search not for who you are but what you are and a stunning revelation about the Universe and our place in it. Shortlisted for the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke...
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Central Station
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Lavie Tidhar
 
A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is literally...
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The Underground Railroad
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Colson Whitehead
 
From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent, wrenching, thrilling tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South
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Previous winners

2016 Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

2015 Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

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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