Posted: 4 May 2016
The six shortlisted titles were announced as part of the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival and were selected from a list of 113 eligible submissions, put forward by 41 different publishing houses and imprints.
Roehampton’s Dr Smythe makes his entry with his novel Way Down Dark, his first novel for young adults and the first book in his Australia trilogy. The story follows 17 year old Chan, whose ancestors left a dying Earth hundreds of years ago in search of a new home. Chan makes an extraordinary discovery - a way to return from Australia to Earth.
Commenting on this year’s awards, Tom Hunter, Award Director, said: “When it’s your Award’s 30th anniversary you secretly hope for something that little bit extra special in your shortlist, and I think the judges have delivered on that promise and more this year.
“This is a quintessentially Clarke Award kind of a shortlist. Look once and I’m sure everyone will see a choice they agree with. Look twice and you’ll likely see a new book you want to read next. Look a third time though, and I hope you’ll see how well all of these six books sit together, and how they represent a particular special moment in time for UK science fiction. In other words, like all great books, this is a shortlist that rewards the more you read into it.”
The judging panel features David Gullen, Andrew McKie and Ian Whates from British Science Fiction Association, Liz Bourke from Science Fiction Foundation and Leila Abu El Hawa from SCI-FI-LONDON film festival. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 24th August.
The shortlist in full:
Rediscovering London’s Lost History
A collaboration between Roehampton and the Dolphin's Back theatre company is unearthing the secrets of one of England's first theatres and performing a variety of Elizabethan plays on the original site the first time.
Posted: 1 February 2018
Department of English and Creative Writing adds Publishing to its postgraduate offering
Responding to industry needs, Roehampton now proudly offers MA Publishing.
Posted: 16 January 2018
The life of Frankenstein’s creator uncovered by leading Professor
Professor Fiona Sampson's new book reveals discoveries that offer a richer understanding of the woman behind Frankenstein.
Posted: 10 January 2018