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Arthur C. Clarke Award Submissions List

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As has now become traditional, the Arthur C. Clarke Award has released the full list of submissions for this year’s award. There are 113 books from 41 different publishers and imprints, which is, if my memory serves, the third year in a row that more than 100 books have been submitted.

The full list is here.

Because this is the Awards 30th year, more events surrounding the award and the shortlist are being planned than usual. So this year the shortlist will not be announced until Wednesday 27th April, and the actual winner won’t be announced until August.

What will make the shortlist? Based on what others have said, and what I have read (and believe me, there are books here that I’ve not even heard of), my guess would be:

The Heart Goes Last — Margaret Atwood

Europe at Midnight — Dave Hutchinson

The Three-Body Problem — Cixin Liu

Luna: New Moon — Ian McDonald

The Thing Itself — Adam Roberts

Aurora— Kim Stanley Robinson

And I reckon any of the following may have an outside chance:

The Water Knife — Paulo Bacigalupi

Dream Paris — Tony Ballantyne

Mother of Eden — Chris Beckett

Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind — Anne Charnock

Ancillary Mercy — Ann Leckie

The Book of Phoenix — Nnedi Okorafor

Glorious Angels — Justina Robson

Okay, that’s called hedging your bets, but all the same the Clarke Award has a reputation for surprises on the shortlist, so I’m counting on at least one book making the list that I haven’t listed here.

What’s your best guess?

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