Iain Pears’ Arcadia (Faber & Faber), a story that can be read either as a print book or an app, is in contention for this year’s Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction, along with novels by authors such as Becky Chambers and Nnedi Okorafor.
Six titles are shortlisted for this year’s prize, which is for science fiction published in 2015.
Chambers is shortlisted for The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Hodder & Stoughton), whilst Okorafor is in the running with The Book of Phoenix, also published by Hodder & Stoughton.
The other three books on the shortlist are: Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris), Way Down Dark by J P Smythe (Hodder & Stoughton) and Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor).
The judging panel, chaired by Andrew M Butler, will now select the winner, who will be announced on 24th August.
The winner will receive a cheque for £2,016 and a commemorative engraved bookend.
Last year the prize was given to Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven (Picador).