33rd Arthur C. Clarke Awards … get short(y) list.

The shortlist for the 33rd Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction literature has appeared in Crowsnest Towers like a dark brooding alien monolith.

Here’s the final novels in the running …

  • Semiosis  – Sue Burke (HarperVoyager).
  • Revenant Gun – Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris).
  • Frankenstein in Baghdad  -  Ahmed Saadawi (Oneworld).
  • The Electric State – Simon Stålenhag (Simon and Schuster).
  • Rosewater – Tade Thompson (Orbit).
  • The Loosening Skin – Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories).

Dr Andrew M. Butler, the Judge’s Chair told SFcrowsnest, “As always, the jury have given us a snapshot of the best sf: cyberpunk, military space opera, first contact, dystopian America, fantastical Britain and war-torn Iraq. The judges have really done us proud, but I can see it’s going to be a tough final decision.”

33rd Arthur C. Clarke Awards ... get short(y) list.
33rd Arthur C. Clarke Awards … get short(y) list.

Award Director, Tom Hunter, added, “Our 6 shortlisted titles were selected from a record-breaking 124 eligible submissions, and as the imaginative breadth of SF publishing in the UK has grown so too has the challenge for our judges. With this shortlist they have successfully melded multiple definitions of the genre into a celebratory whole that both upholds the best traditions of science fiction literature and beckons us towards exhilarating new futures.”

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony held at London’s Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, on Wednesday 17th July 2019. The winner will be presented with a cheque for £2019.00 and the award itself, a commemorative engraved bookend.


Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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