În fiecare an, Premiul Arthur C. Clarke este acordat celui mai bun roman științifico-fantastic publicat pentru prima dată în Marea Britanie în anul precedent. Premiul are un juriu diferit în fiecare an; membrii juriului sunt nominalizați de către British Science Fiction Association, Science Fiction Foundation și Sci-Fi-London Film Festival, toate acestea susținând Premiul Clarke.
În acest an, cei patru jurați ai premiului au citit peste 100 de cărți trimise de peste 39 de edituri și autori independenți pentru a ajunge la lista scurtă de șase cărți.
Câștigătorul va fi anunțat pe 26 octombrie, în cadrul unei ceremonii de premiere găzduite de Muzeul de Știință din Londra.
Nominalizații de acest an sunt:
A Desolation Called Peace de Arkady Martine – serie space opera care în română apare la Nemira
An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options.
In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass—still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire—face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity.
Whether they succeed or fail could change the fate of Teixcalaan forever.
Klara and the Sun de Kazuo Ishiguro – autor publicat la noi de ed. Polirom
From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change forever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.
In Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?
Deep Wheel Orcadia de Harry Josephine Giles
Astrid is returning home from art school on Mars, looking for inspiration. Darling is fleeing a life that never fit, searching for somewhere to hide. They meet on Deep Wheel Orcadia, a distant space station struggling for survival as the pace of change threatens to leave the community behind.
Deep Wheel Orcadia is a magical first: a science fiction verse novel written in the Orkney dialect. This unique adventure in minority language poetry comes with a parallel translation into playful and vivid English, so the reader will miss no nuance of the original. The rich and varied cast weaves a compelling, lyric and effortlessly readable story around place and belonging, work and economy, generation and gender politics, love and desire – all with the lightness of touch, fluency and musicality one might expect of one the most talented poets to have emerged from Scotland in recent years. Hailing from Orkney, Harry Josephine Giles is widely known as a fine poet and spellbindingly original performer of their own work; Deep Wheel Orcadia now strikes out into audacious new space.
A River Called Time de Courtitia Newland
The Ark was built to save the lives of the many, but rapidly became a refuge for the elite, the entrance closed without warning.
Years after the Ark was cut off from the world–a world much like our own, but in which slavery has never existed–a chance of survival within the Ark’s confines is granted to a select few who can prove their worth. Among their number is Markriss Denny, whose path to future excellence is marred only by a closely guarded secret: without warning, his spirit leaves his body, allowing him to see and experience a world far beyond his physical limitations.
Once inside the Ark, Denny learns of another with the same power, whose existence could spell catastrophe for humanity. He is forced into a desperate race to understand his abilities, and in doing so uncovers the truth about the Ark, himself, and the people he thought he once knew.
Wergen: The Alien Love War de Mercurio D. Rivera
The Wergens: a highly sophisticated alien race biochemically infatuated with humans. They crave us, they need us, while we need their technology.
Humanity does what it always does. We exploit them. Until, that is, the Wergens find a way to circumvent their addiction…
From the towering skyscrapers of Earth to the methane lakes of Titan, from the ice-plains of Pluto to distant alien gas giants with steel-crushing gravity, Wergen: The Alien Love War explores personal stories of unrequited love set against the cosmic backdrop of the conflict between the two species.
Mercurio D. Rivera’s Wergen stories have wowed readers and critics alike. Now, for the first time, the full arc of the human/ Wergen relationship is revealed: the conflict, cooperation, love, betrayal, and more.
Skyward Inn de Aliya Whiteley
Skyward Inn, within the high walls of the Western Protectorate, is a place of safety, where people come together to tell stories of the time before the war with Qita. But safety from what?
Qita surrendered without complaint when Earth invaded; Innkeepers Jem and Isley, veterans from either side, have regrets but few scars. Their peace is disturbed when a visitor known to Isley comes to the Inn asking for help, bringing reminders of an unnerving past and triggering an uncertain future.
Did humanity really win the war?
A thoughtful, literary novel about conflict, identity and community; a fresh new perspective in speculative fiction from critically-acclaimed writer Aliya Whiteley. Jamaica Inn by way of Jeff Vandermeer, Ursula Le Guin, Angela Carter and Michel Faber, Skyward Inn is a beautiful story of belonging, identity and regret.