PRESS RELEASE: Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist Is Announced

ArthurCClarkeSF and Fantasy have been my go-to genres for as long as I can remember. I adore reading, and the flights of imagination a talented author can take you too. However, my BookStack will attest to the fact that no matter how many books you read, there are going to be thousands you never get around to. The value of events like the Hugos, the Kitschies and the Arthur C. Clarke awards are debatable, when you look at sales figures, yet they never fail to grab the attention of the readership. We all love the authors we love, but oh how we thrill when we discover a fantastic author we had previously overlooked! If nothing else, the awards hold up a handful of gems and tell us that these authors, these books, are well worth a look. You don’t have to be a publicist to get excited about an upcoming ceremony, you just need to love books. Read on, then for the shortlist. The treasure trove awaits…

The six shortlisted books for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel of the year 2014 are:

God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)

The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz)

Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)

The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)

The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door)

Award Director Tom Hunter said: “Choosing a shortlist of 6 books from a submissions list that went well over 100 titles for the first time in the award’s history was always going to be a challenge. There were tough calls to make, but from those decisions our judges have created an innovative and thoughtful shortlist that reflects both the strengths and health of contemporary science fiction.”

Referring to last year’s all-male shortlist and other recent online controversies that have occurred in the world of science fiction awards, he added:

 “I expect a lot of that attention will again focus on the number of books submitted by female science fiction writers, which was why we chose to emphasise this statistic in an announcement earlier this year. Where approximately 1 in 4 submitted titles were by women this year, 1 in 3 made it through to the discussion list of 30 titles from which the judges made their final selection today: A ratio which carried through into the final 6 shortlisted titles, two of which are by new female authors.”

The winner will be announced on Thursday 1st May at an exclusive award ceremony held at the Royal Society, London, and taking place as part of the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival.

Members of the judging panel are independent of the award’s governing body, and are nominated by supporting organisations, currently the British Science Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation and the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival.

Have you read any of the shortlisted books? If so, which are your favourites and why? And what books didn’t quite make the shortlist that perhaps deserved to? Put your thoughts in the Comments section below and let’s spread that love around!

GS Reporter: Dion Winton-Polak

Sources: Tom Hunter (Clarke Award Director), delreyuk.com, orbitbooks.net, gollancz.co.uk, angryrobotbooks.com, christopher-priest.co.uk, harpercollins.co.uk

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