We wanted to do something special to mark Sir Arthur’s birthday on 16th December 2017 and his centenary year, and having already worked with author and editor Ian Whates and NewCon Press on a previous anthology, the idea of a new collection featuring stories from Clarke Award winning and shortlisted authors seemed like a winner.
We thought about ways to directly acknowledge Arthur’s own work but still leaving creative scope for stories that stretched across the full range of science fiction (just as the Clarke Award itself does) and from there we formed a plan to make every story precisely 2001 words long.
The great thing about a brief like this is it gave our authors a focus but also creative space to play, and we’ve had fantastic stories from writers like Adrian Tchaikovsky, Becky Chambers, Claire North and Jeff Noon as well as some non-fiction from people like Neil Gaiman, a past judge himself talking about being a part of the award.
We’ll be launching our Kickstarter campaign in the next few days (just need to run all our reward levels via HAL first for final approval) and if you’d like to be notified when we launch, you can sign up to our newsletter for an alert HERE.
Tom Hunter, Award Director