Last week the Arthur C Clarke award released a list of all the books nominated this year. Now I have to point out that this isn’t a long list, this list is literally every single book nominated in 2016 (you can see the full list here). As it turns out I already own quite a number of books on the list, ( I know there are only 14 books in the photo but I forgot some and own others as ebooks) out of 113 books I already have 33 of them.
Now the thing I find really interesting is that the Arthur C Clarke award works with publishers so that the books submitted (though they may not be considered sci-fi) will be judged in that context. And I think the result of that is a really interesting mix of books. I never considered The Rest of Us Just Live Here or The Mime Order to be science-fiction but apparently they contain enough science to be judged as that.
One other little thing I should mention is I like how open the people at the Arthur C Clarke award are about the ratio of male to female authors. One thing I found after looking back through the shortlists is that I found it was mainly male authors that were nominated. This year 33% of authors are female which is apparently the highest percentage so far, though I still think that number is pretty low.
I have to admit I only wrote this post to talk about how 2015 was an amazing year for science-fiction. I don’t know if it’s always like this because 2015 was the first year I really started reading sci-fi, but yeah, I was really surprised by the amount of fantastic sci-fi books released. I am also ridiculously excited to see the short list which will be released on the 27th of April and will almost certainly be trying to read every book on the shortlist before the winner is announced in August.
Anyone care to take a guess at who will be on the short list? I’m hoping for Seveneves and The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet.
In other sci-fi related news the cover of A Closed And Common Orbit (the sequel to The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet) was released today and holy crap that book is pretty.