We all fell in love with Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel when it first came in on submission to Picador, we were thrilled to publish it, and we couldn't be more excited that it has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction. So, yes, there's a lot of buzz in the office today.
Chair of the judges, Andrew M. Butler, said:
“Station Eleven is a novel that straddles the story of a global apocalypse (the Georgia Flu that wipes out 99% of the human population) and its survivors 20 years later. While many post-apocalypse novels focus on the survival of humanity, Station Eleven focuses instead on the survival of our culture, with the novel becoming an elegy for the hyperglobalised present.”
George R. R. Martin said it was his novel of 2014 on his blog, calling it “a deeply melancholy novel, but beautifully written, and wonderfully elegiac... a book that I will long remember, and return to”.
Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists twenty years after, Station Eleven charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan - warned about the flu just in time; Arthur's first wife Miranda; Arthur's oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed 'prophet'.
If you haven't read it yet, here's the first chapter for free.