Thursday, March 5, 2020

2019 Clarke Award Nominees

Location: Sci-Fi London at Foyles Bookshop in London, United Kingdom.

Comments: One of the reasons that I track the Arthur C. Clarke award is that it seems to march to its own beat. The requirements for eligibility - basically being published in the U.K. - don't really seem to shut out many English-language books, and yet the shortlist for this award always seems to be dramatically at odds with most other science fiction and fantasy related awards. I don't see this as a drawback to the award - after all, this just gives a new range of books and authors for me to explore. It is, however, always kind of odd for me to see a shortlist for a speculative fiction award that only includes one book by an author whose name I recognize.


Rosewater by Tade Thompson

The Electric State by Simon Stålenhag
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
The Loosening Skin by Aliya Whiteley
Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
Semiosis by Sue Burke

What Are the Arthur C. Clarke Awards?

Go to previous year's nominees: 2018
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2020

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