Arthur C. Clarke -Winners & Shortlists 1987-2009

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is awarded every year to the best science fiction novel which received its first British publication during the previous calendar year. The Book Award is chosen by jury. The Award was established with a generous grant from Arthur C. Clarke with the intention of encouraging science fiction in Britain. It is considered theUK's premier prize for science fiction literature.The Award was set up in 1986 and the first winner, The Handmaid's Tale (New Windmill) by Margaret Atwood, was announced in 1987. The Award consists of an inscribed plaque in the form of a bookend, and a cheque. The Award is administered jointly by the British Science Fiction and the Science Fiction Foundation, each of whom provides two judges each year. Recently, the Science Museum has joined the Award and provides one judge each year.

2010 - China Miéville Wins Clarke for Third Time(April)

Winner: The City & The City - China Miéville (Macmillan)

The other shortlisted books were : 

Gwyneth Jones, China Miéville, Adam Roberts, Kim Stanley Robinson, Marcel Theroux and Chris Wooding are the six authors shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2009, the UK’s premier prize for science fiction literature. 

Spirit - Gwyneth Jones (Gollancz)
Yellow Blue Tibia - Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
Galileo's Dream - Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperCollins)
Far North - Marcel Theroux (Faber & Faber)
Retribution Falls - Chris Wooding (Gollancz)

This year’s six shortlisted titles were selected from a long list of forty-one eligible submissions put forward by seventeen different publishing houses and imprints.

2009 Arthur C. Clarke Science Fiction Award Winner

April 2009. A literary science fiction novel set in the near future in which an old woman, close to death, songoftimecontemplates her life, Ian R MacLeod's Song of Time (PS Publishing), has won this year's Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction. Book Award Tragic felt that Alastair Reynolds hard SF space opera, House of Suns would winthis year, got that wrong. Ian R MacLeod's Song of Time (PS Publishing), takes place near the end of the 21st century, as an aged concert violinist, about to pass into a virtual afterlife, discovers a half-drowned man on a Cornish beach. Described by the Guardian as "a slow, sensitive first-person account of what it means to be human and vulnerable", and as a book which "confirms MacLeod as one of the country's very best literary SF writers".Other's shortlisted included former winner Paul McAuley's interplanetary space battle The Quiet War, to Sherri S Tepper's tale of a human child enslaved by aliens, The Margarets .Anathem, Neal Stephenson's story of a religious order on a far-future, Earth-like planet, was also shortlisted, alongside Mark Wernham's debut, Martin Martin's on the Other Side.


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Winner: Ian R MacLeod Song of Time SBN10: 1906301220  ISBN13: 9781906301224  
Publisher: PS Publishing
Edition: Limited signed ed
Format: Hardback
Publication date: 01 Sep 2008

The Quiet War , Paul McAuley
ISBN10: 0575079339  ISBN13: 9780575079335  
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Gollancz
Format: Paperback
Publication date: 16 Oct 2008This exotic, fast-paced space opera turns on a single question: who decides what it means to be human? Twenty-third century Earth, ravaged by climate change, looks backwards to the holy ideal of a pre-industrial Eden. Political power has been... More

House of Suns , Alastair Reynolds
ISBN10: 0575082372  ISBN13: 9780575082373  
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Gollancz
Format: Paperback
Publication date: 12 Mar 2009
A spectacular, large-scale space opera - the ultimate galaxy-spanning adventure. Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. More

Anathem , Neal Stephenson
ISBN10: 1843549158  ISBN13: 9781843549154  
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback
Publication date: 01 Sep 2008
Since childhood, Raz has lived behind the walls of a 3,400-year-old monastery, a sanctuary for scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians. There, he and his cohorts are sealed off from the illiterate, irrational, and unpredictable "saecular" world. More

The Margarets (Gollancz S.F.) , Sheri S. Tepper ISBN10: 0575083484  ISBN13: 9780575083486  
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Gollancz
Format: Paperback
Publication date: 12 Mar 2009
This is the culmination of a desperate survival plan, millennia in the making ... Earth is in crisis, virtually destroyed by overpopulation, and mankind is teethering on the edge. ISTO - the Interstellar Trade Organization - had demanded man's... More

Martin Martin's on the Other Side , Mark Wernham ISBN10: 0099516020  ISBN13: 9780099516026  
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Publication date: 22 Jan 2009
Jensen's first assignment is to keep an eye on Reg Rankin, a leader of the Martin Martinists, a group who believe that Martin Martin, a phoney TV psychic, was the saviour and a prophet. With the help of the Makeover Team, Jensen acquires a new... More

Richard Morgan's Blackman wins the 2008 Arthur C. Clarke AwardWinner:

Black Man Richard Morgan
ISBN10: 0575078138  ISBN13: 9780575078130  
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Gollancz
Format: Paperback
Publication date: 01 Nov 2007
The sensational new thriller from the international bestselling star of SF combines a savage man-hunt with sbalck_man_coverpeculation on the dangers of genetic engineering. One hundred years from now, and against all the odds, Earth has found a new stability... Moremorgan_richard

Other shortlisted

ISBN: 9781905005581 - The Red Men | ISBN: 9780571232802 - The H-bomb Girl | ISBN: 9780571236602 - The Carhullan Army | ISBN: 9781847670243 - The Raw Shark Texts |

Matthew de Abaitua – The Red Men –"Makes Michel Houellebecq seem like Enid Blyton."-Matt ThorneNelson used to be a radical journalist, but now he works for Monad, one of the world's leading corporations. Monad makes the Red Men-tireless, intelligent, creative, and entirely virtual...More

Stephen Baxter - The H-bomb Girl – Faber & Faber In Cuba nuclear tensions are at breaking point. The end of the whole world could be just days away. At the heart of it all is Laura Mann. She's on the run, hunted by strange forces fighting over the future of humanity. Laura is the H-Bomb Girl. And Laura is about to discover that her own life is at stake - in ways she could never have imagined. More

Sarah Hall – The Carhullan Army – Faber & Faber Presents a story set in the part of England once known as The Lake District and frequented by hordes of landscape tourists. This book is about women, terrorism, and individual choice. More

Kev n' Maddi- Site publishers; 'we loved this book. Sarah Hall tells a gripping tale'.

Steven Hall - The Raw Shark Texts – Canongate - Eric Sanderson wakes up in a place he doesn't recognise,unable toremember who he is. Attacked by a force he cannot see and confronted with memories he cannot ignore, Eric discovers he is being hunted by a psychic predator, a shark. More

Ken MacLeod – The Execution Channel – Orbit
Ken MacLeod's most relevant and accessible novel to date. Fighting has spread across the Middle Eastand Central Asia to the borders of China. In the US, refugees from climate-change disaster subsist in FEMA camps. Images of official executions... More

ISBN: 9780575079694 - Nova Swing | ISBN: 9780575079533 - End Of The World Blues | ISBN: 9780099499435 - Oh Pure and Radiant Heart | ISBN: 9780571229840 - Hav | ISBN: 9780575078178 - Gradisil

2007 Winner
Nova Swing (Gollancz S.F.)- M. John Harrison - A sequel to the bestselling LIGHT, 'a novel of full-spectrum literary dominance' (The Guardian) It is some time after Ed Chianese's trip into the Kefahuchi Tract. A major industry of the Halo is now tourism. The Tract has begun to expand and... More

2007 Shortlist:

End Of The World Blues (Gollancz S.F.) Jon Courtenay Grimwood- The stunning new novel from the criticallyacclaimed master of literary SF. Kit Nouveau didn't escape himself when he flew to Japan. He runs a bar in the Roppongi district of Tokyo and is having an affair with the wife of a High Yakusa ganglord. More

Oh Pure and Radiant Heart Lydia Millet-

Three scientists, Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard and Enrico Fermi, formed the core of the team that developed the atomic bomb. As they realise what has happened to them, they are consumed by guilt at the impact of their brainchild. More

Hav Jan Morris- Hav is a magical place - yet behind its arcane splendours are darker implications. Every street corner is haunted by memories of illustrious visitors - Freud, Diaghilev, Marco Polo, Lawrence of Arabia and countless others. But the author's visit... More

Gradisil (Gollancz)Adam Roberts - A novel from 'the king of high concept SF'. Gradisil is a multi-generational story of murder, betrayal and revenge. It is told through the eyes of three characters and against a background where mankinds rush into space has faded away leaving... More

Historic Winners 1987-2006

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ISBN: 9780575078116 - Air |ISBN: 9780571224135 - Never Let Me Go | ISBN: 9781841493442 - Learning the World | ISBN: 9780575083110 - Pushing Ice | ISBN: 9781841493893 - Accelerando | ISBN: 9781405041249 - Banner of Souls

2006 Winner
(Gollancz) – Geoff Ryman - Geoff Ryman's triumphant return to science fiction is a powerful, evocative story of information technology and world change This remarkable novel is about the effects of a new communications technology, Air, that works without power lines or... More


Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro- Imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. This is the story of love, friendship and memory, with a sense of the fragility of life. In one of the most acclaimed and strange novels of... More

Learning The World Ken MacLeod- Reminding us that the universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we CAN imagine, LEARNING THE WORLD is a stunning novel of exploration, discovery and Mankind's destiny amongst the stars. The great sunliner 'But the Sky... More

Pushing Ice Alastair Reynolds- First Contact with extraordinary aliens, glittering technologies that could destroy theuniverse in a nanosecond, huge sweeping space operas: Alastair Reynolds is back! Some centuries from now, the exploration and exploitation of the Solar System... More

Accelerando Charles Stross - The third novel from one of the most exciting new British SF writers of the decade. Hismost ambitious novel to date, ACCELERANDO is a multi-generational saga following a brilliant clan of 21st-centuryposthumans. The year is some time between... More

Banner Of Souls Liz Williams - Martian Matriarchy warrior Dreams-of-War is not pleased to be dispatched to Earth to guard a young girl called Lunae. But then the child and the kappa, a member of the genetically modified race go missing en route, leaving Dreams-of... More

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2005 Winner

ISBN: 9780330492522 - Iron Council | ISBN: 9780743404006 - River of Gods | ISBN: 9780575081260 - Market Forces |ISBN: 9780099464464 - The Time Traveler's Wife | ISBN: 9780340822784 - Cloud Atlas | ISBN: 9780099463368 - The System of the World
Iron Council China Miéville
- New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy city-state of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming metropolis to the brink. In the midst of this turmoil, a mysterious masked figure spurs... More


River of Gods Ian McDonald- Features a diverse array of characters, each of which are drawn in interwoven stories towards a cosmic-scale conclusion that should forever change the way we understand ourselves, life, and the universe we inhabit. August 15th, 2047. More

Cloud Atlas David Mitchell- Erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity's dbestsellerangerous will to power, and where it may lead us. 'Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies ...' A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagans California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation the narrators of CLOUD ATLAS hear each others echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small. In his extraordinary third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanitys dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.. More

Market Forces Richard Morgan- Wall Street meets Mad Max - Richard Morgan hits the mainstream with a blistering new future thriller.Chris Faulkner has just landed the job of his dreams. But Shorn Associates are market leaders inConflict Investment. They expect results, they expect the best. Chris has one very high-profile kill to his name already but he will have to drive hard and go for kill after kill if he's to keep his bosses happy. All he has to do in the meantime is stay alive ...Morgan's new futuristic thriller is perfect for any fan of the modern thriller. It combines the big ideas of Michael Crichton with a pounding narrative drive. More

The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger - This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare and Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. This extraordinary, magical novel is the story... More

The System of the World Neal Stephenson - Daniel Waterhouse has returned to England, where he joins forces with his friend Isaac Newton to hunt down a shadowy group attempting to blow up Natural Philosophers with 'Infernal Devices' - time bombs. As Daniel and Newton conspire, an increasingly vicious struggle is waged for England's Crown: who will take control when the ailing queen dies? As Daniel and Newton conspire... More

2004 Winner
Quicksilver: The Baroque Cycle (Baroque Cycle 1)– Neal Stephenson

Coalescent Stephen Baxter
Darwin's Children Greg Bear
Pattern Recognition William Gibson
Midnight Lamp Gwyneth Jones
Maul Tricia Sullivan

2003 Winner
The Separation (Gollancz S.F.) - Christopher Priest


Kil'n People David Brin
Light M. John Harrison
The Scar China Miéville
Speed of Dark Elizabeth Moon
The Years of Rice and Salt Kim Stanley Robinson

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2002 Winner
Bold as Love (Gollancz) - Gwyneth Jones


Pashazade Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Fallen Dragon Peter F. Hamilton
The Secret of Life Paul McAuley
Mappa Mundi Justina Robson
Passage Connie Willis

2001 Winner
Perdido Street Station - China Miéville


Parable Of The Talents Octavia E. Butler
Ash: A Secret History Mary Gentle
Cosmonaut Keep Ken MacLeod
Revelation Space Alastair Reynolds
Salt Adam Roberts

2000 Winner
Distraction- Bruce Sterling


Time Stephen Baxter
The Bones of Time Kathleen Ann Goonan
Silver Screen Justina Robson
Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson
A Deepness In The Sky Vernor Ving

1999 Winner
Dreaming In Smoke - Tricia Sullivan


Earth Made Of Glass John Barnes
Time On My Hands Peter Delacorte
The Cassini Division Ken MacLeod
The Extremes Christopher Priest
Cavalcade AlisonSinclair

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1998 Winner
The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell


Titan Stephen Baxter
Glimmering Elizabeth Hand
Days James Lovegrove
Nymphomation Jeff Noon
The Family Tree Sheri S. Tepper

1997 Winner
The Calcutta Chromosome - Amitav Ghosh Shortlist:Voyage Stephen Baxter
Engines of God Jack McDevitt
Blue Mars Kim Stanley Robinson
Gibbon's Decline and Fall Sheri S. Tepper
Looking for the Mahdi N. Lee Wood

1996 Winner
Fairyland (Gollancz S.F.) - Paul J. McAuley

Shortlist:The Star Fraction Ken MacLeod (Runner-up)
Happy Policeman Patricia Anthony
The Time Ships Stephen Baxter
The Prestige Christopher Priest
The Diamond Age Neal Stephenson

1995 Winner
Fools - Pat Cadigan

Shortlist:Mother of Storms John Barnes
North Wind Gwyneth Jones
Pasquale's Angel Paul J. McAuley
Towing Jehovah James Morrow
Alien Influences Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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1994 Winner
Vurt - Jeff Noon

Shortlist:A Million Open Doors John Barnes
Ammonite Nicola Griffith
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson
The Iron Dragon's Daughter Michael Swanwick
The Broken God David Zindell

1993 Winner
Body of Glass - Marge Piercy

Shortlist:Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson (Runner-Up)
Hearts, Hands and Voices Ian McDonald
Destroying Angel Richard Paul Russo
Stations of the Tide Michael Swanwick
Correspondence Sue Thomas
Lost Futures Lisa Tuttle
Doomsday Book Connie Willis

1992 Winner
Synners - Pat Cadigan

Shortlist:Eternal Light Paul J. McAuley (Runner-up)
Raft Stephen Baxter
White Queen Gwyneth Jones
Subterranean Gallery Richard Paul Russo
The Hyperion Cantos Dan Simmons

1991 Winner
Take Back Plenty - Colin Greenland

Shortlist:Rats & Gargoyles, Mary Gentle (Runner-up)
Use of Weapons, Iain M. Banks
Red Spider, White Web Mischa
Farewell Horizontal, K.W. Jeter
The City, Not Long After, Pat Murphy

1990 Winner
The Child Garden (S.F.Masterworks S.) - Geoff Ryman

A Child Across the Sky Jonathan Carroll (Runner-up)
A Mask for the General Lisa Goldstein
Desolation Road Ian McDonald
Soldiers of Paradise Paul Park
Ivory Mike Resnick
Neverness David Zindell

1989 Winner
The Unquenchable Fire - Rachel Pollack

Shortlist:Empire of Fear Brian Stableford (Runner-up)
Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas Michael Bishop
Rumours of Spring Richard Grant
Kairos Gwyneth Jones
Life During Wartime Lucius Shepard
Whores of Babylon Ian Watson

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1988 Winner
The Sea and Summer George Turner

ShortlistFiasco Stanislaw Lem
Ancient of Days Michael Bishop
Aegypt John Crowley
Replay Ken Grimwood
Grainne Keith Roberts
Memoirs of an Invisible Man H.F. Saint

1987 Winner The Handmaid's Tale (Contemporary Classics)<Margaret Atwood (right) Short List:The Ragged Astronauts Bob Shaw (Runner-up)
Eon Greg Bear
Stars in my Pocket like Grains of Sand Samuel R. Delany
Escape Plans Gwyneth Jones
The Memory of Whiteness Kim Stanley Robinson
Queen of the States Josephine Saxton
Green Eyes Lucius Shepard

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