We're DELIGHTED to announce that Adrian Tchaikovsky has been shortlisted for the 2016 Arthur C. Clarke award, for his novel CHILDREN OF TIME!
The most prestigious award for SF in Britain, the prize is presented annually. It's given to the best science fiction novel first published in the UK during the previous year. Previous winners include Margaret Atwood (recipient of the very first award in 1987), Ann Leckie, and fellow Pan Macmillan authors China Miéville, Jeff Noon and last year's winner, Emily St. John Mandel. So Adrian is in very prestigious company!
You can check out the full list of short-listed titles here:
CHILDREN OF TIME by Adrian Tchaikovsky
WAY DOWN DARK by J. P. Smythe
THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL ANGRY PLANET by Becky Chambers
THE BOOK OF PHOENIX by Nnedi Okorafor
ARCADIA by Iain Pears
EUROPE AT MIDNIGHT by Dave Hutchinson
The winner will be announced in a ceremony on 24th August and we can't wait! In the meantime, why not check out the utterly fabulous Children of Time for yourselves? You can read a free extract here. Also, see the book blurb and just a selection of the huge praise for the book below.
WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH?
The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home. Following their ancestors' star maps, they discovered the greatest treasure of a past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life.
But all is not right in this new Eden. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare.
Now two civilizations are on a collision course and must fight to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?
Praise for Children of Time
'A refreshingly new take on post-dystopia civilisations, with the smartest evolutionary worldbuilding you'll ever read'
Peter F. Hamilton
‘This is superior stuff, tackling big themes – gods, messiahs, artificial intelligence, alienness – with brio’
‘Children of Time has that essence of the classic science fiction novels, that sense of wonder and unfettered imagination but combined with this is the charm of a writer who really knows how to entertain . . . Essential science fiction, a book not to be missed’
‘The prose has Tchaikovsky’s hallmark accessible but compulsive quality. The characters are believable, and in some instances, genuinely, astoundingly alien. The perspective, literally across space and time, is unique . . . A highly intriguing piece of science fiction – wonderfully done’
‘Children of Time is a book that is old-school SF in tone and epic in timescale, with some genuinely likeable aliens that will remain memorable after you have finished the book’