Arthur C. Clarke Award winner for 2020 announced: Namwali Serpell (award news).
The winner of this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award for best SF novel of the year is in, and the title is – drumroll, please … Namwali Serpell for The Old Drift.
Tade Thompson, the previous year’s winner, said, “At last, an African book of unarguable universality. Namwali Serpell has created something specifically Zambian and generally African at the same time. The Old Drift is everything fiction should be, and everything those of us who write should aspire to.”
Well done, Namwali.
The best science fiction novel for 2020 was chosen from the following short-list.
- The City in the Middle of the Night – Charlie Jane Anders (Titan) via https://amzn.to/2RNS9XM.
- The Light Brigade – Kameron Hurley (Angry Robot) via https://amzn.to/3mNEgHp.
- A Memory Called Empire – Arkady Martine (Tor) via https://amzn.to/3hWqePR.
- The Old Drift – Namwali Serpell (Hogarth) via https://amzn.to/3kL0jg3.
- Cage of Souls – Adrian Tchaikovsky (Head of Zeus) via https://amzn.to/2Hr5jbe.
- The Last Astronaut – David Wellington (Orbit) via https://amzn.to/32TrPBF.
The 2020 judging panel were Stewart Hotston, British Science Fiction Association; Alasdair Stuart, British Science Fiction Association; Farah Mendlesohn, Science Fiction Foundation; Chris Pak, Science Fiction Foundation; and Rhian Drinkwater, of the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival.