2013 Clarke Awards Shortlist Announced.

Hot on the heels of the BSFA Awards, the winners of which were announced over the Easter weekend, comes the Clarke Award shortlist.ACC_LOGO_MOCKUP_01

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 announced on Wednesday 1st May at an exclusive award ceremony hosted by the Royal Society, London, and taking place as part of the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival.

The winner will be presented with a cheque for £2013.00 and the award itself, a commemorative engraved bookend.

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About Donna Scott

Chair of the BSFA since June 2013. Prior to this I was Awards Administrator, taking over that role from Claire Briarley in 2008. I am officially Donna Bond since getting married in May 2013, but continue to write and perform under my previous name, Donna Scott. My short fiction stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and I was winner of the inaugural Short Cuts at the MAC in 2005. As a comedian, I have performed all over the UK. Comedy has also given me the opportunity to perform alongside big names like Sarah Millican and Jasper Carrott! As a poet, I've also performed all over the place, including lots of science fiction conventions, and sometimes my poetry and comedy get kind of mixed up. I was the first official Bard of Northampton, it's true. I've got a tankard that says so... I love being a part of the BSFA - I've always been a devourer of books and being part of this association has enabled me to explore some great science fiction classics - and classics of the future, that I might otherwise have not heard about. I've met some lovely people with an enthusiasm for the genre, made firm friends, and got to meet some of my favourite writers, too! As a writer, I also have to say that FOCUS is the best magazine for writers I've ever come across - and as a member I get that for free. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?

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