2014 Winner

Ann Leckie has been announced as the 28th winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the UK’s most prestigious prize for science fiction literature, for her debut novel Ancillary Justice (Orbit Books).

The award was presented at a special ceremony held at the prestigious Royal Society, London, in front of an audience of science fiction writers, publishers, academics and fans.

Ancillary Justice has already won the The Kitschies Golden Tentacle prize for best first novel, the British Science Fiction Association award for best novel (jointly with Ack Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell), and been nominated in the best novel category for this year’s Hugo Awards.

Speaking for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Director Tom Hunter said:

“There’s always something extra special when a new or first time writer wins a prize like the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and Ancillary Justice is very special indeed.

“I have personally been recommended this book more times than any other last year, always by people whose opinions I trusted, and what has been really interesting to me is that the people making those recommendations were people I would usually think of as having all kinds of different kinds of tastes in their science fiction reading. Clearly this explains all of the attention Ancillary Justice has been getting across the field of SF awards, and I couldn’t be more delighted to see Ann join the ranks of Arthur C. Clarke winners.”

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What is the Arthur C. Clarke Award?

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. The award was established with a grant given by Sir Arthur C. Clarke and the first prize was awarded in 1987 to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

“A calendar highlight for fans of imaginative literature the world over” –  New Scientist

“Every year the Clarke Award makes a stronger and stronger case for the breadth, depth and originality of SF in the UK.” – The Guardian

“The most prestigious science fiction prize in the UK” – Forbidden Planet International

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