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.
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?
From Nebula and Hugo Award–nominated Carolyn Ives Gilman comes Dark Orbit, a compelling novel featuring alien contact, mystery, and murder.
Reports of a strange, new habitable planet have reached the Twenty Planets of human civilization. When a team of scientists is assembled to investigate this world, exoethnologist Sara Callicot is recruited to keep an eye on an unstable crewmate.