Arthur C. Clarke Award

The Arthur C. Clarke Award, first given in 1987, is for the best SF novel published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. A panel of experts, whose membership varies from year to year, chooses each year’s winner. The award is administered by the Science Fiction Foundation, of which UK science fiction/science fact author Arthur C. Clarke was patron; the British SF Association; and the International Science Policy Foundation. Each organization appoints two jurors to the panel of experts.

The physical award consists of an inscribed plaque and a prize of 1,000 pounds from a grant donated by Clarke who lived in Sri Lanka, Ceylon, from 1956 until his death in 2008.

Many authorities writing in the field feel that the Clarke Awards came about, at least in part, because only American authors were winning the Hugos and Nebulas each year (although Clarke himself had won both the Hugo and the Nebula before the Clarke Awards were inaugurated, and the British SF Association had been giving out awards for SF writing, principally to UK authors, since 1969).

The Clarke Awards for SF novels should not be confused with other awards that bear Clarke’s name: the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Space Education, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Technology, and the Arthur C. Clarke Trophy, all associated with achievements in science and technology.

The first Clarke Award went to Margaret Atwood for her novel The Handmaid’s Tale in 1987.

Year Author Novel
1987 Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale
1988 George Turner The Sea and Summer
1989 Rachel Pollack Unquenchable Fire
1990 Geoff Ryman The Child Garden
1991 Colin Greenland Take Back Plenty
1992 Pat Cadigan Synners
1993 Marge Piercy Body of Glass
1994 Jeff Noon Vurt
1995 Pat Cadigan Fools
1996 Paul J. McAuley Fairyland
1997 Amitav Ghosh The Calcutta Chromosome
1998 Mary Doria Russell The Sparrow
1999 Tricia Sullivan Dreaming In Smoke
2000 Bruce Sterling Distraction
2001 China Miéville Perdido Street Station
2002 Gwyneth Jones Bold As Love
2003 Christopher Priest The Separation
2004 Neal Stephenson Quicksilver
2005 China Miéville Iron Council
2006 Geoff Ryman Air
2007 M. John Harrison Nova Swing
2008 Richard Morgan Black Man
2009 Ian MacLeod Song of Time
2010 China Miéville The City & the City
2011 Lauren Beukes Zoo City
2012 Jane Rogers The Testament of Jessie Lamb
2013 Chris Beckett Dark Eden
2014 Ann Leckie Ancillary Justice
2015 Emily St. John Mandel Station Eleven
2016 Adrian Tchaikovsky Children of Time
2017 Colson Whitehead The Underground Railroad

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