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2016 Arthur C. Clarke Sci-Fi awards
« on: April 28, 2016, 06:34:13 PM »
I just got this in the mail, and although I don't usually read sci-fi, many of you here do and might be interested:

"Since 1987, the Arthur C. Clarke Award has gradually established itself as one of the world’s pre-eminent science fiction awards, joining the Hugo, the Nebula and the John W. Campbell as a prize of international significance.

With no less than 113 eligible submissions this year, the 30th Arthur C. Clarke Award is very much reflective of that rude health. Its five judges have dutifully worked through each novel, with contributions from true genre heavyweights (Margaret Atwood, Paulo Bacigalupi, Greg Bear, Ernest Cline, Ann Leckie and the like) through to those for whom this will be their debut awards year."

The shortlist is:

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
by Becky Chambers
Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson
The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
Arcadia by Iain Pears
Way Down Dark by James P. Smythe
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Re: 2016 Arthur C. Clarke Sci-Fi awards
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2016, 07:35:12 PM »
Think Long Way has that down, though there's a chance Arcadia could take it I think.

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Re: 2016 Arthur C. Clarke Sci-Fi awards
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2016, 02:31:07 AM »
Thanks for putting this up ScarletBea.  I always pay attention to this award and their title choices, because it is inclusive, in that it is prepared to treat quite a wide field as SF and has different judges every year. Also, it is not reliant on any kind of mass voting, which endears it to me, unlike the silly shenanigans of the Hugo.

The 2014 winner was Station Eleven which I enjoyed immensely. That caused some controversy among the usual snobby critics trying to insist it was 'literary fiction', just apocalyptic, and not suitable to be described as SF. Despite the writer herself being surprised at the SF nomination, she was thrilled and "beside herself" at hearing she had won.  I like the sound of this year's nominees and really need to start on Long Way, so many here have recommended it.
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