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

The book is chosen by a panel of judges invited from the British Science Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation and the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival. The winner receives a prize consisting of a number of pounds sterling equal to the current year (£2011 for year 2011). In recent years, the award has been presented during SCI-FI-LONDON film festival.