The 100 Year Starship has just announced the finalists for the 2023 Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Writing in seven categories, including the new Original Local Short-Form Fiction for residents of continental Africa in conjunction with the upcoming Nexus Nairobi 2023.
The Canopus Award recognizes the finest fiction and non-fiction works that engage broad audiences and enhance the understanding, excitement, and knowledge of interstellar space exploration and travel. This year’s theme was “Who Owns Space?” and writers were invited to explore the possible paths ahead in space, to help identify how various actions, technology focuses, policies, individuals, and communities may indelibly fix space exploration objectives, gatekeepers, and benefits for decades into the future.
“For thousands of years, humans have looked up to the tapestry of stars, sun, moon, and lights in the sky,” said Dr. Mae Jemison. “Today, while more and more reachable, the question is will the sky and space remain an inheritance for us all? For many, the perception is that space is exclusive to only certain people and countries. This year’s original submission authors examine these issues and give us a lot to ponder and discuss.”
The award categories and finalists include:
“Published Long-Form Fiction”: Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden, 2019 (HarperVoyager); Light Chaser by Peter F. Hamilton and Garth L. Powell, 2021 (Tor); Sweep of Stars by Maurice Broaddus, 2022 (Tor); Braking Day by Adam Oyebanji, 2022 (DAW); Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, 2022 (Ballantine Books); Sentient by Jeff Lemire and Gabriel Hernandez Walta, 2019 (TKO).