2017 Shortlist Announced

31th ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

The six shortlisted books for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel of the year published in 2016 are:

A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton) Ninefox Gambit – Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris) After Atlas – Emma Newman (Roc)
Occupy Me – Tricia Sullivan (Gollancz) Central Station – Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing) The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead (Fleet)

The 6 shortlisted titles were selected from a list of 86 individual eligible submissions.

Chair of the Judges, Dr Andrew M. Butler praised the judges and the shortlist, but declined to guess at the eventual winner.

“Every year our industrious judges sift through scores of novels to pick six to represent the state of the sf field. They’ve chosen a first timer and a previous winner, as well as writers in the process of building great reputations. Any of these could win — at this point I cannot begin to guess.”

Award Director Tom Hunter added:

“The novels on our shortlist this year are fascinatingly diverse, deeply imaginative and a great tribute to the memory of Sir Arthur himself as we celebrate the centenary year of his birth in 2017.”

The judging panel for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2017 are:

Andrew M. Butler represents the Arthur C. Clarke Award in a non-voting role as the Chair of the Judges.

The winner will be announced at a public award ceremony held in partnership with Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, on Thursday 27th July 2017.

The winner will be presented with a cheque for £2017.00 and the award itself, a commemorative engraved bookend.