Time lord

Adrian Tchaikovsky tells us about win­ning the Arthur C Clarke Award...

SFX - - Red Alert -

This year was a spe­cial one for the Arthur C Clarke Award, which cel­e­brated its 30th birth­day in Septem­ber. And in a time when SF lit is push­ing more bound­aries than ever, it’s fit­ting that the top award went to Adrian Tchaikovsky’s ut­terly orig­i­nal “spi­der space opera” Chil­dren Of Time, which award di­rec­tor Tom Hunter de­scribed as pos­sess­ing “a uni­ver­sal scale and sense of won­der rem­i­nis­cent of the nov­els of Sir Arthur C Clarke him­self”.

“I feel my pro­file as a writer has ‘lev­elled up’ some­what,” Tchaikovsky tells Red Alert of his Clarke suc­cess. “To ac­tu­ally get on the short­list was mind-blow­ing; to win has been so far beyond pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence that it took me a long time to process. It’s a huge ac­co­lade and I’m in­or­di­nately proud that my lit­tle book about spi­ders was judged wor­thy of it.”

Set in the near fu­ture, Chil­dren Of Time finds hu­man­ity leav­ing a wither­ing Earth be­hind and set­ting a course for a fresh start on Eden – but things don’t ex­actly go to plan. Tchaikovsky won’t be rest­ing on his lau­rels in the wake of his win, though – he’s cur­rently putting the fin­ish­ing touches to Echoes Of The Fall, the sec­ond en­try in his fan­tasy se­ries, and the au­thor ad­mits “I’ve kind of ex­ploded this year with ex­tra projects”, in­clud­ing short novel Spi­derlight and a short story in The Pri­vate Life Of El­der Things.

Adrian Tchaikovsky has “lev­elled up” his writ­ing pro­file.

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