The 2018 Arthur C. Clarke shortlist is going to be announced in two days and, as you may or may not know, I have been following this award for a few years now and it is my personal Oscar. I love to compare the submission list to what end up on the actual shortlist and compare it to what I think was the best science fiction books of the past year. Of course, most of the time I haven’t read half of the titles on the list and the prize is great way to learn about new books.
For the past two years I have been reading and reviewing every book shortlisted and I really love doing that so, hopefully I will have the time to do so this year so brace yourself for a lot of Clarke Award content!
Since I really cannot wait to see the shortlist, I have decided to make predictions and create my own personal shortlist out of the submissions. I am pretty sure this won’t look like the shortlist but it’s fun to do so… The books mentionned below are either books that I read and loved or books that I heard a lot about and that I think might be worthy Clarke contenders!
So here’s my list:
- The Rift by Nina Allan
- Clade by James Bradley
- Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
- Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
- New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Borne by Jeff Vandermeer
Out of all the books on my list, I only have read the last three, the other ones I have just heard a lot about in podcasts or blog post. I have read and loved other books on the submissions list such as The Stone Sky by Jemisin or Too Like the Lightning by Palmer but I oddly don’t think they are going to be shortlisted. I might be completely wrong but even if I haven’t read all the books on my list, I have a good feelings about those titles. Does it make sense? Probably not but chances my list have nothing in common with the real thing but at least it was fun to make. (I still hope Raven Stratagem makes it, I love this book.)
If you want to make your own predictions list, you can check out the 2018 Submission List and please tell me what you ended up choosing!