Hot on the heels of the BSFA Awards, the winners of which were announced over the Easter weekend, comes the Clarke Award shortlist.
Only novels are considered for The Arthur C. Clarke Award, and from a massive submissions pile of 82 eligible books this year (breaking all previous records), the judges have whittled the pile down to 6 brilliant books.
And here they are...
Nod by Adrian Barnes (Bluemoose)
Dark Eden by Chris Beckett (Corvus)
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway (William Heinemann)
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (Headline)
Intrusion by Ken MacLeod (Orbit)
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
To be eligible, the books needed to be first published in the UK in 2012. 32 different publishing houses and imprints submitted titles to the awards this year.
Eagle-eyed award watchers will spot that 3 of our shortlisted titles from the BSFA Awards for Best Novel have popped up on the Clarkes list too, but not the eventual winner, Adam Roberts, who won with Jack Glass.
The judging panel for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2013 include Juliet E McKenna, and Ruth O’Reilly, who are the representative judges for British Science Fiction Association. Our utmost and heartfelt thanks goes out to these judges. Going through such a huge number of books is no mean feat and you have done a brilliant job, giving us a most thought-provoking shortlist (and more books to be added to my own reading pile now!). So, thank you very much... and our appreciation also extends to the rest of the judges:
- Nickianne Moody, Science Fiction Foundation
- Liz Williams, Science Fiction Foundation
- Robert Grant, SCI-FI-LONDON film festival
Andrew M. Butler represents the Arthur C. Clarke Award in a non-voting role as the Chair of the Judges.
The winner will be presented with a cheque for £2013.00 and the award itself, a commemorative engraved bookend.