Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad has been named the 31st winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
After a sometimes fraught few months, there was, in the end, remarkable unity between the Clarke Award and the Shadow Clarke jury, who, earlier the same day, had named The Underground Railroad as their choice.
Whitehead is now in line for a remarkable double, since The Underground Railroad has also appeared on the longlist for the Booker Prize. To date, no book has won both the Clarke Award and the Booker Prize, though the same titles have sometimes appeared on the shortlists of both awards.
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.