Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel (Picador) is among the six books shortlisted for this year’s Arthur C Clarke award for best science fiction novel.
Mandel’s much hyped post-apocalyptic title is shortlisted alongside two Orbit books, M R Carey’s The Girl With all the Gifts and Claire North’s The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.
Also listed are The Book Of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (Canongate), Europe In Autumn by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) and Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta (HarperVoyager).
Award director Tom Hunter said: “This is a quintessentially Clarke Award kind of a shortlist of exactly the sort that we’ve become known for over the years and always love to celebrate… We’ve got six authors who have never been nominated for the Clarke Award before and while the subject matter may often be dark, when we think about what this list says about the strength of science fiction literature itself, I see a future that’s full of confidence, creativity and diversity of imagination.”
The award is now in its 29th year and was originally established by a grant from author Sir Arthur C Clarke, with the aim of promoting science fiction in Britain.
A team of judges, including Duncan Lawie from the British Science Fiction Association and Leila Abu El Hawa from the Sci-Fi London film festival, will now choose the winner, who will be announced on the 6th May at Foyles’ flagship bookshop in London.
The winner will receive a cheque for £2,015 and a commemorative bookend.