October 28, 2021

Literature Journal

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Arthur C. Clarke Award

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is a British award given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. It is named after British author Arthur C. Clarke (1917–2008), who gave a grant to establish the award in 1987. The book is chosen by a panel of judges from the British Science Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation, and a third organisation, which Template:As of is the Sci-Fi-London film festival.[1] The award has been described as “the UK’s most prestigious science fiction prize”.[2]

Any “full-length” science fiction novel written or translated into English is eligible for the prize, provided that it was first published in the United Kingdom during the prior calendar year. There is no restriction on the nationality of the author, and the publication history of works outside of the United Kingdom is not taken into consideration. Books must be submitted for consideration by their publishing company and self-published titles are not currently eligible. An official call for entries is issued to UK publishers every year and members of the judging panel and organisation committee also actively call in titles they would like to see submitted. A title must be actively submitted in order to be considered. The judges form a shortlist of six works that they feel are worthy of consideration, from which they select a winning book.[3] The winner receives an engraved bookend and a prize consisting of a number of pounds sterling equal to the current year, such as £2012 for the year 2012.[2] Prior to 2001, the award was £1000.[4]

During the 30 nomination years, 115 authors have had works nominated, 26 of whom have won. China Miéville has won three times, while Pat Cadigan and Geoff Ryman have won twice; no other author has won multiple times. Stephen Baxter and Gwyneth Jones have the most nominations at seven, and Baxter has the most nominations without winning. Neal Stephenson has won once out of six nominations; Ken MacLeod and Kim Stanley Robinson have also been nominated six times. Paul J. McAuley and Miéville have been nominated five times; McAuley has one win, whereas MacLeod and Robinson have none.

Winners and nominees
In the following table, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony, rather than when the novel was first published. Each year links to the corresponding “year in literature”. Entries with a blue background and an asterisk (*) next to the writer’s name have won the award; those with a white background are the other nominees on the shortlist.

  • Winners
    Year Author Novel Publisher Ref.
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Template:Sort McClelland & Stewart [5]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Victor Gollancz Ltd [5]
    Template:Sortname Eon Victor Gollancz Ltd [5]
    Template:Sortname Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand Grafton [5]
    Template:Sortname Escape Plans Allen & Unwin [5]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Futura/Macdonald [5]
    Template:Sortname Queen of the States Template:Sort [5]
    Template:Sortname Green Eyes Chatto & Windus [5]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Template:Sort Faber and Faber [6]
    Template:Sortname Fiasco André Deutsch Publishing [6]
    Template:Sortname Ancient of Days Grafton [6]
    Template:Sortname Aegypt Victor Gollancz Ltd [6]
    Template:Sortname Replay Grafton [6]
    Template:Sortname Gráinne Kerosina Books [6]
    Template:Sortname Memoirs of an Invisible Man Viking UK [6]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Unquenchable Fire Century Publishing [7]
    Template:Sortname Empire of Fear Simon & Schuster UK [7]
    Template:Sortname Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas Grafton [7]
    Template:Sortname Rumours of Spring Bantam UK [7]
    Template:Sortname Kairos Unwin Hyman [7]
    Template:Sortname Life During Wartime Grafton [7]
    Template:Sortname Whores of Babylon Grafton [7]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Template:Sort Unwin Hyman [8]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Century Publishing [8]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Arrow Books [8]
    Template:Sortname Desolation Road Bantam UK [8]
    Template:Sortname Soldiers of Paradise Grafton [8]
    Template:Sortname Ivory Century Publishing [8]
    Template:Sortname Neverness Grafton [8]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Take Back Plenty Unwin Hyman [9]
    Template:Sortname Rats and Gargoyles Bantam UK [9]
    Template:Sortname Use of Weapons Macdonald Publishing [9]
    Template:Sortname Red Spider, White Web Morrigan Publications [9]
    Template:Sortname Farewell Horizontal Grafton [9]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Pan Books [9]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Synners HarperCollins [10]
    Template:Sortname Eternal Light Victor Gollancz Ltd [10]
    Template:Sortname Raft Grafton [10]
    Template:Sortname White Queen Victor Gollancz Ltd [10]
    Template:Sortname Subterranean Gallery Grafton [10]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Headline Publishing Group [10]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Body of Glass Michael Joseph [11]
    Template:Sortname Red Mars HarperCollins UK [11]
    Template:Sortname Hearts, Hands and Voices Victor Gollancz Ltd [11]
    Template:Sortname Destroying Angel Headline Publishing Group [11]
    Template:Sortname Stations of the Tide Legend Publishing [11]
    Template:Sortname Correspondence Template:Sort [11]
    Template:Sortname Lost Futures Grafton [11]
    Template:Sortname Doomsday Book New English Library [11]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Vurt Ringpull [12]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Millennium [12]
    Template:Sortname Ammonite Grafton [12]
    Template:Sortname Snow Crash Roc UK [12]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Millennium [12]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort HarperCollins UK [12]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Fools HarperCollins UK [13]
    Template:Sortname Mother of Storms Millennium [13]
    Template:Sortname North Wind Victor Gollancz Ltd [13]
    Template:Sortname Pasquale’s Angel Victor Gollancz Ltd [13]
    Template:Sortname Towing Jehovah Arrow Books [13]
    Template:Sortname Alien Influences Millennium [13]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Fairyland Victor Gollancz Ltd [14]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Legend Publishing [14]
    Template:Sortname Happy Policeman New English Library [14]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort HarperCollins UK [14]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Simon & Schuster UK [14]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Viking UK [14]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Template:Sort Picador [15]
    Template:Sortname Voyage HarperCollins Voyager [15]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort HarperCollins Voyager [15]
    Template:Sortname Blue Mars HarperCollins Voyager [15]
    Template:Sortname Gibbon’s Decline and Fall HarperCollins Voyager [15]
    Template:Sortname Looking for the Mahdi HarperCollins Voyager [15]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Template:Sort Black Swan [16]
    Template:Sortname Titan HarperCollins Voyager [16]
    Template:Sortname Glimmering HarperCollins Voyager [16]
    Template:Sortname Days Phoenix Books [16]
    Template:Sortname Nymphomation Doubleday [16]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort HarperCollins Voyager [16]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Dreaming In Smoke Orbit Books [17]
    Template:Sortname Earth Made of Glass Orion Publishing Group [17]
    Template:Sortname Time on My Hands Victor Gollancz Ltd [17]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Orbit Books [17]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Simon & Schuster UK [17]
    Template:Sortname Cavalcade Millennium [17]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Distraction Millennium [18]
    Template:Sortname Manifold: Time HarperCollins Voyager [18]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort HarperCollins Voyager [18]
    Template:Sortname Silver Screen Macmillan UK [18]
    Template:Sortname Cryptonomicon Heinemann [18]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Millennium [18]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Perdido Street Station Macmillan Publishers [19]
    Template:Sortname Parable of the Talents Template:Sort [19]
    Template:Sortname Ash: A Secret History Victor Gollancz Ltd [19]
    Template:Sortname Cosmonaut Keep Orbit Books [19]
    Template:Sortname Revelation Space Victor Gollancz Ltd [19]
    Template:Sortname Salt Victor Gollancz Ltd [19]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Bold As Love Victor Gollancz Ltd [20]
    Template:Sortname Pashazade Earthlight [20]
    Template:Sortname Fallen Dragon Macmillan Publishers [20]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort HarperCollins Voyager [20]
    Template:Sortname Mappa Mundi Macmillan Publishers [20]
    Template:Sortname Passage HarperCollins Voyager [20]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Template:Sort Scribner UK [21]
    Template:Sortname Kiln People Orbit Books [21]
    Template:Sortname Light Victor Gollancz Ltd [21]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Macmillan Publishers [21]
    Template:Sortname Speed of Dark Orbit Books [21]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort HarperCollins [21]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Quicksilver Heinemann [22]
    Template:Sortname Coalescent Victor Gollancz Ltd [22]
    Template:Sortname Darwin’s Children HarperCollins UK [22]
    Template:Sortname Pattern Recognition Viking Press [22]
    Template:Sortname Midnight Lamp Victor Gollancz Ltd [22]
    Template:Sortname Maul Orbit Books [22]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Iron Council Macmillan Publishers [23]
    Template:Sortname River of Gods Simon & Schuster [23]
    Template:Sortname Cloud Atlas Sceptre [23]
    Template:Sortname Market Forces Victor Gollancz Ltd [23]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Jonathan Cape [23]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Heinemann [23]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Air Victor Gollancz Ltd [24]
    Template:Sortname Learning the World Orbit Books [24]
    Template:Sortname Pushing Ice Victor Gollancz Ltd [24]
    Template:Sortname Never Let Me Go Faber and Faber [24]
    Template:Sortname Accelerando Orbit Books [24]
    Template:Sortname Banner of Souls Tor UK [24]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Nova Swing Victor Gollancz Ltd [25]
    Template:Sortname End of the World Blues Victor Gollancz Ltd [25]
    Template:Sortname Oh Pure and Radiant Heart Heinemann [25]
    Template:Sortname Hav Faber and Faber [25]
    Template:Sortname Gradisil Victor Gollancz Ltd [25]
    Template:Sortname Streaking PS Publishing [25]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Black Man Victor Gollancz Ltd [26]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Snowbooks [26]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Faber and Faber [26]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Canongate Books [26]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Orbit Books [26]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Faber and Faber [26]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Song of Time PS Publishing [27]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Victor Gollancz Ltd [27]
    Template:Sortname House of Suns Victor Gollancz Ltd [27]
    Template:Sortname Anathem Atlantic Books [27]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort HarperCollins [27]
    Template:Sortname Martin Martin’s on the Other Side Jonathan Cape [27]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Template:Sort Macmillan Publishers [28]
    Template:Sortname Spirit: The Princess of Bois Dormant Victor Gollancz Ltd [28]
    Template:Sortname Yellow Blue Tibia Victor Gollancz Ltd [28]
    Template:Sortname Galileo’s Dream HarperCollins [28]
    Template:Sortname Far North Faber and Faber [28]
    Template:Sortname Retribution Falls Victor Gollancz Ltd [28]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Zoo City Angry Robot [29]
    Template:Sortname Monsters of Men Walker Books [29]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Victor Gollancz Ltd [29]
    Template:Sortname Generosity Atlantic Books [29]
    Template:Sortname Declare Corvus Books [29]
    Template:Sortname Lightborn Orbit Books [29]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Template:Sort Sandstone Press [30]
    Template:Sortname Hull Zero Three Victor Gollancz Ltd [30]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort HarperCollins Voyager [30]
    Template:Sortname Embassytown Macmillan Publishers [30]
    Template:Sortname Rule 34 Orbit Books [30]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Victor Gollancz Ltd [30]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Dark Eden Corvus [31]
    Template:Sortname 2312 Orbit Books [31]
    Template:Sortname Angelmaker Heinemann [31]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Headline Publishing Group [31]
    Template:Sortname Intrusion Orbit Books [31]
    Template:Sortname Nod Bluemoose [31]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Ancillary Justice Orbit Books [32]
    Template:Sortname God’s War Del Rey Books [32]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Victor Gollancz Ltd [32]
    Template:Sortname Nexus Angry Robot [32]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Victor Gollancz Ltd [32]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Blue Door [32]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Station Eleven Picador [33]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Canongate Books [33]
    Template:Sortname Europe in Autumn Solaris Books [33]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Orbit Books [33]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Orbit Books [33]
    Template:Sortname Memory of Water HarperVoyager [33]
    Template:Sort Template:Sortname* Children of Time Tor Books [34]
    Template:Sortname The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet Hodder & Stoughton [34]
    Template:Sortname Europe at Midnight Solaris Books [34]
    Template:Sortname Template:Sort Hodder & Stoughton [34]
    Template:Sortname Arcadia Faber and Faber [34]
    Template:Sortname Way Down Dark Hodder & Stoughton [34]