Wednesday, December 31, 1997

1997 Clarke Award Nominees

Location: United Kingdom.

Comments: Time and again the Clarke Awards have made other genre awards look bad through the simple expedient of actually regarding women as half of the human race and selecting nominees and winners on that basis. And in 1997, the Clarke Award once again made other genre awards look bad by recognizing the existence of science fiction written by non-white authors, handing the award to The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh. While other awards were still exclusionary clubs dominated by white male writers, the Clarke Awards were busy handing out half of their awards to women, and now, handing awards to the superlative fiction being written by people with darker skin tones.

The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh

Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Engines of God by Jack McDevitt
Gibbon's Decline and Fall by Sheri S. Tepper
Looking for the Mahdi by N. Lee Wood
Voyage by Stephen Baxter

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Go to subsequent year's nominees: 1998

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