It’s officially the height of awards season for Sci-Fi as the Arthur C. Clarke Awards announced their shortlist for 2014. The juried award is presented for the best science-fiction novel published in the UK. The shortlist is a refreshing mix of titles, including some literary novels that touch on sci-fi themes and no Ancillary Sword (sorry, Ann Leckie!).
The list is as follows:
- The Girl with All the Gifts— M. R. Carey (Orbit)
- The Book of Strange New Things— Michel Faber (Canongate)
- Europe in Autumn— Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
- Memory of Water— Emmi Itäranta (Harper Voyager)
- The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August — Claire North (Orbit)
- Station Eleven — Emily St. John Mandel (Picador)
The only title I’ve read is Station Eleven, which was one of my nominees for the Hugo, but I’m familiar with most of the other titles on the list. Girl with All the Gifts has been on my radar for about six months, M.R. Carey is comic writer Mike Carey, known for the Vertigo titles Lucifer and The Unwritten.
The winner will be announced on May 6. Check back here for my coverage.
— Michael Senft