Thursday, May 8, 2014

2014 Clarke Award Nominees

Location: Sci-Fi London at the Stratford Picturehouse in London, United Kingdom.

Comments: To the surprise of almost no one, Anne Leckie won the 2014 Clarke Award with her novel Ancillary Justice, which also looks to be the front runner for the Hugo Award this year. The only remotely surprising thing is the shift away from the all-male slate of the 2013 Clarke Awards to this more balanced ballot. But this raises the question of why this British award has moved to having a diverse array of interesting books covering a wide variety of science fiction topics, while the flagship American-oriented award seem to have been hijacked by right-wing writers venting their venom on women and minorities while fondling their penis-replacing firearms. If this persists for more than a year or two, the central locus of science fiction may very well move out of the United States and to the United Kingdom, or maybe even Australia.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

The Adjacent by Christopher Priest
The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann
God's War by Kameron Hurley
The Machine by James Smythe
Nexus by Ramez Naam

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Go to previous year's nominees: 2013
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2015

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