2015 Clarke Award

Emily St. John Mandel has been announced as the 29th winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for her novel Station Eleven (Picador).

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STATION ELEVEN - EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL (THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD WINNER 2014)

The award was presented at a special ceremony held in the Foyles bookshop flagship store on Charing Cross Road, London, in front of an audience of science fiction writers, publishers, academics and fans.

Chair of the Judges, Andrew M. Butler said:

Station Eleven is a novel that straddles the story of a global apocalypse (the Georgia Flu that wipes out 99% of the human population) and its survivors 20 years later. While many post-apocalypse novels focus on the survival of humanity, Station Eleven focuses instead on the survival of our culture, with the novel becoming an elegy for the hyper-globalised present.”

Emily St. John Mandel’s fourth novel has also garnered praise across the science fiction community, with previous Arthur C. Clarke Award winner Lauren Beukes calling it “a firework of a novel” and Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin selecting it as his favourite book of 2014 and calling it “beautifully written, and wonderfully elegiac.”

In his welcome speech award director Tom Hunter responded to recent controversies within the wider world of science fiction prizes, saying:

“It’s important to remember that prizes like the Clarke Award are first and foremost celebrations. We celebrate new books and new writers, but most of all we celebrate alongside all the readers and lovers of stories who are given a unique invitation to encounter something new, something strange and something wonderful whenever a new shortlist is announced. The love of books and the sharing of stories is the true legacy we should aim to create.”

The judging panel for this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award were:

  • Duncan Lawie, British Science Fiction Association
  • Nicholas Whyte, British Science Fiction Association
  • Sarah Brown, Science Fiction Foundation
  • Lesley Hall, Science Fiction Foundation
  • Leila Abu El Hawa, SCI-FI-LONDON film festival

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

2015 SHORTLIST

The six shortlisted books for the 29th Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel of the year published in 2014 are:
The Girl With All The Gifts – M.R. Carey (Orbit)
The Book Of Strange New Things – Michel Faber (Canongate)
Europe In Autumn – Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
Memory Of Water – Emmi Itäranta (HarperVoyager)
The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August – Claire North (Orbit)
Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel (Picador)

The 6 shortlisted titles were selected from a list of 107 individual eligible submissions, put forward by 36 different publishing houses and imprints.

Award Director Tom Hunter said:

“This is a quintessentially Clarke Award kind of a shortlist of exactly the sort that we’ve become known for over the years and always love to celebrate. Congratulations to all of our shortlisted authors, their publishing teams and, of course, a big thank you to everyone on our judging panel this year. We’ve got six authors who have never been nominated for the Clarke Award before and while the subject matter may often be dark, when we think about what this list says about the strength of science fiction literature itself, I see a future that’s full of confidence, creativity and diversity of imagination.”

The judging panel for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2015 are:

  • Duncan Lawie, British Science Fiction Association
  • Nicholas Whyte, British Science Fiction Association
  • Sarah Brown, Science Fiction Foundation
  • Lesley Hall, Science Fiction Foundation
  • Leila Abu El Hawa, 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 6th May at an exclusive award ceremony held at Foyles Bookshop, London, and taking place as part of the activities leading up to the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival.

The winner will be presented with a cheque for £2015.00 and the award itself, a commemorative engraved bookend.

2015 Submissions List

Every year before the announcement of its official shortlist, the organisers of the Arthur C. Clarke Award first release the full list of books submitted to the prize as a way of highlighting the breadth of modern science fiction writing and the often epic task the judges undertake in making their selections.

This is the complete list of every book submitted for this year’s prize and totals 107 titles from36 publishing imprints, the second highest total in the 29 year history of the award.

The official shortlist will be announced in early April and the winner revealed at a special ceremony in London on May 6th 2015.

Click this link to download a spreadsheet of the full submissions list.

THE ACCA 2015 SUBMISSION LIST: