2013 Clarke Award

Chris Beckett has become the twenty-seventh winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for his novel, Dark Eden.

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The award ceremony was held at a special celebratory event hosted by the Royal Society, London, and introduced by a panel on near-future science chaired by editor-in-chief of SFX Magazine, Dave Bradley.

A full video of the evening can be watched on the Royal Society’s website here.

Set on Eden, a distant alien planet with no natural light source, the book follows the story of The Family. The 532 descendents of the planet’s original discoverer’s who crash-landed generations ago and are still waiting for Earth to find them again and take them home.

Speaking for the award, Chair of the Judges Andrew M. Butler said:

“The judges worked incredibly hard and we enjoyed lengthy, informed, discussions about the strengths of first the submitted books and then the shortlisted books.”

“Dark Eden fuses rich biological and sociological speculation. Beckett really makes you care for characters who are stranded light years from an Earth they have never really known. It’s a great book, and this is a well-deserved win for Chris Beckett.”

A special award ceremony and public event on science and science fiction was hosted by the Royal Society, London. Presenting the prize Ian Stewart FRS, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, commented:

“It’s no surprise that science fiction has been influenced by science, but there is a good case to be made that sometimes science is influenced by science fiction. Fiction can sometimes stimulate the imagination in a way that dry facts cannot. Ideas that first appeared as fiction can become fact, and scientists who read SF when they were young can be motivated, perhaps subconsciously, to work in areas or on problems related to the SF stories.”

2013 Shortlist

The six shortlisted books for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel of the year 2013 are:

The six shortlisted titles were selected from a record-breaking long list of 82 individual eligible submissions, first published in the UK in 2012, and put forward by 32 different publishing houses and imprints.

Award Director Tom Hunter said:

“This is a fascinating and complex shortlist that demands repeated attention and thoughtful interpretation. Shortlisting six books from a potential list of eighty-two eligible submissions is no easy task by any critical standard. I wholeheartedly commend our judges for all of their hard work, and similarly for presenting a shortlist that I hope people will find as much engaging and optimistic as it is subversive and challenging.”

The judging panel for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2013 are:

  • Juliet E McKenna, British Science Fiction Association
  • Ruth O’Reilly, British Science Fiction Association
  • Nickianne Moody, Science Fiction Foundation
  • Liz Williams, Science Fiction Foundation
  • Robert Grant, SCI-FI-LONDON film festival

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 on Wednesday 1st May at an exclusive award ceremony hosted by the Royal Society, London, and taking place as part of the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival.

The winner will be presented with a cheque for £2013.00 and the award itself, a commemorative engraved bookend.

Every year the organisers of the Arthur C. Clarke Award release the full list of novels submitted for consideration by the judging panel.

This year a total of eighty-two individual novels were submitted by thirty-two individual publishing houses and imprints. At the time the largest ever number to be submitted to the award.

2013 Submissions List

The Children’s Hospital by Chris Adrian (Granta)

Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Faber & Faber)

vN by Madeline Ashby (Angry Robot)

Zero Point by Neal Asher (Tor UK)

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi (Atom)

Pure by Juliana Baggott (Headline)

Juggernaut by Adam Baker (Hodder & Stoughton)

The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks (Orbit)

Nod by Adrian Barnes (Bluemoose)

Turbulence by Samit Basu (Titan Books)

Iron Winter by Stephen Baxter (Gollancz)

The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman (Sceptre)

Dark Eden by Chris Beckett (Corvus)

Exit Kingdom by Alden Bell (Tor UK)

The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit)

The Dream Killer of Paris by Fabrice Bourland (Gallic Fiction)

Existence by David Brin (Orbit)

alt.human by Keith Brooke (Solaris)

Helix Wars by Eric Brown (Solaris)

The Folly of the World by Jesse Bullington (Orbit)

Empire State by Adam Christopher (Angry Robot)

Celebrant by Michael Cisco (Chomu Press)

The Lost Men by David A. Colón (Elsewhen Press)

Caliban’s War by James SA Corey (Orbit)

London Falling by Paul Cornell (Tor UK)

The Twelve by Justin Cronin (Orion)

Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan (Canongate)

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards (HarperVoyager)

The Eternal Flame by Greg Egan (Gollancz)

The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde (Hodder & Stoughton)

The Stranger’s Magic by Max Frei (Gollancz)

Blue Friday by Mike French (Elsewhen Press)

The Thousand Emperors by Gary Gibson (Tor UK)

EVE: Templar One by Tony Gonzales (Gollancz)

Blackout by Mira Grant (Orbit)

The Ward by S.L. Grey (Corvus)

Champion of Mars by Guy Haley (Solaris)

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway (William Heinemann)

Empty Space by M. John Harrison (Gollancz)

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (Headline)

Wool by Hugh Howey (Century)

Worth Their Weight in Blood by Carole Jahme (Mira Books)

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid (Hot Key Books)

The Games by Ted Kosmatka (Titan Books)

The Company of the Dead by David J. Kowaski (Titan Books)

Age of Aztec by James Lovegrove (Solaris)

Intrusion by Ken MacLeod (Orbit)

The Killables by Gemma Malley (Hodder & Stoughton)

The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus (Granta)

In the Mouth of the Whale by Paul McAuley (Gollancz)

Chimera by T.C. McCarthy (Orbit)

Transmission by John Meaney (Gollancz)

The Glimpse by Claire Merle (Faber & Faber)

Railsea by China Miéville (Macmillan)

Kimberly’s Capital Punishment by Richard Milward (Faber & Faber)

Thy Kingdom Come by Simon Morden (Jurassic London)

LiGa by Sanem Ozdural (Elsewhen Press)

The Chosen Seed by Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter (Doubleday)

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (Tor UK)

The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi (Gollancz)

Pulse by Tricia Rayburn (Faber & Faber)

The Demi-Monde: Spring by Rod Rees (Jo Fletcher Books)

Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz)

Jack Glass by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)

Triggers by Robert Sawyer (Gollancz)

Redshirts by John Scalzi (Gollancz)

The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith (Faber & Faber)

The Explorer by James Smythe (HarperVoyager)

The Testimony by James Smythe (Blue Door)

Crandolin by Anna Tambour (Chomu Press)

Deadfall Hotel by Steve Rasnic Tem (Solaris)

Entanglement by Douglas Thompson (Elsewhen Press)

Communion Town by Sam Thompson (4th Estate)

Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis (Orbit)

Ecko Rising by Danie Ware (Titan Books)

The Outcast and the Little One by Andy West (NewCon Press)

Alif the Unseen by G Willow Wilson (Corvus)

Place of Dead Kings by Geoffrey Wilson (Hodder & Stoughton)

The Method by Juli Zeh (Harvill Secker)

The Return Man by VM Zito (Hodder & Stoughton)