The shortlist for the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature has just been announced and as usual I am filled with awe as I realise that the judges have managed to read almost as many books in a few months as I can cram into a year.
From a very strong field this year of forty-one eligible submissions (The Rise of the Iron Moon by Stephen Hunt was also submitted, but was ineligible due to SF Crowsnest’s association with the award) put forward by seventeen different publishing houses and imprints that comprised the long list they have managed to whittle them down to these six:
The judging panel for the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award are Chris Hill and Jon Courtenay Grimwood for the British Science Fiction Association, Francis Spufford and Rhiannon Lassiter for the Science Fiction Foundation and Paul Skevington for the science fiction news website SF Crowsnest.com. Paul Billinger represents the Arthur C. Clarke Award as the Chair of Judges.
Tom Hunter, administrator for the Arthur C. Clarke Award said:
“Shortlist time has to be one of the most exciting moments in the Clarke Award calendar, and I’m very excited to be able to present such a strong and challenging shortlist this year.
“The greater purpose of the Award is to promote UK science fiction literature and the sense of wonder, speculation and imagination for which the genre is most renowned. The selection of a final winner is always a difficult choice, but in the meantime I’m greatly looking forward to the conversation to come.”
The annual award was originally established by a generous grant from Sir Arthur C. Clarke with the aim of promoting science fiction in Britain. it is presented for the best science fiction novel of the year, and selected from a list of novels whose UK first edition was published in the previous calendar year. A prize of £2010 will be awarded to the winner along with a commemorative engraved bookend.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday 28th April at an award ceremony held on the opening night of the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival
For further information please contact Award Administrator Tom Hunter on 07779 280 771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org