Tag Archive: The Clarke Award

Jun 06

Week 22: Some of the nicest Spiders you’re ever likely to meet

Books Read Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky Currently Reading  The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor (1) When the Clarke Award nominees were announced Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time was described on my Facebook and Twitter feeds as the generation ship book with the spiders. This evoked images – Aliens style – of a small, embattled …

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Mar 12

Week 10: Definitely not a LONGLIST, Overbearing Angels and the Deconstruction of Myth

Books Read The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett Currently Reading Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson (1) Earlier this week Tom Hunter, the Award Director for the Arthur C Clarke Awards, released the list – NOT A LONGLIST – of all the books submitted to the judges …

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Jan 19

An Analysis of 2015’s Literary and Genre Awards: Part 3 – Subjectivity

What you’re all dying to know in this the third and final part of my analysis of Literary and Genre Awards is what were the best and worst shortlists for 2015.  Of course the subjectivity here is all mine and the mileage of other’s will vary. What I’m going to do is list the top …

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Jun 12

So Who Should Have Won This Year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award

The shortlist for this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award was as a follows (with handy hyper-links to my not so concise reviews): 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 …

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Jun 11

Book Review: Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson

What’s It About Imagine a near future where the European Union has been dissolved and the continent has splintered into hundred of tiny nations and polities and republics.  A Europe where three apartment buildings, ruled over by a gang, can call for nationhood.  A Europe where sovereignty and independence and geography is always in a …

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May 30

Book Review: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

What’s It About Jesuits head off into space to make first contact with aliens and things go horribly wrong…. … no, that’s The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell… A Christian missionary named Peter heads off into space to aid a community of aliens and things go horribly wrong… though less with the aliens and more with Peter’s …

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May 07

And the winner of the Clarke Award is….

… the magnificent Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – most definitely one of my favourite books for the 14/15 award season period.*  (Thanks to Jonathan Strahan for pointing this out to me on Facebook this morning). Just to remind you, this was the shortlist (the links take you to my reviews): The Girl …

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Apr 08

And the Clarke Award Shortlist has been announced

If you’re looking to wash the sour taste of the Hugo Awards out of your mouth, you might want to consider these six novels that were just announced as the nominees for the Arthur C Clarke Awards: The Girl With All The Gifts – M.R. Carey (Orbit) The Book Of Strange New Things – Michel Faber (Canongate) …

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Mar 01

Book Review: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

What’s It About Melanie might be your average teenager except for the fact that she lives in a small, metal cell.  Every morning a soldier comes to take her and more than a dozen teenagers to class.  This involves strapping Melanie and the others to wheelchairs and pointing guns to their heads.  Why are they …

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Jan 24

Book Review: Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta

What’s It About The novel is set years into the future where global warning and rising seas has seen the destruction of cities, the takeover of Europe by China and the scarcity of fresh water. Noria Kaitio is learning to become a tea master like her father which comes with its own responsibilities.  One of …

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