CLARKE MAT­TER

In­side the new 2001-in­spired an­thol­ogy

SFX - - Red Alert -

Hav­ing spent the last 30 years cel­e­brat­ing the best in sci­ence fic­tion lit­er­a­ture, the Arthur C Clarke Award is cre­at­ing sto­ries of its own. To mark the late au­thor’s cen­te­nary, award di­rec­tor Tom Hunter has teamed up with NewCon Press to as­sem­ble an an­thol­ogy of new short sto­ries – all of them run­ning to a not-at-all co­in­ci­den­tal 2001 words.

“We wanted to do some­thing spe­cial to mark Sir Arthur’s cen­te­nary year,” Hunter tells Red Alert. “We thought about ways to di­rectly ac­knowl­edge Arthur’s own work while still leav­ing cre­ative scope for sto­ries that stretched across the full range of sci­ence fic­tion, just as the award it­self does. The idea of a new col­lec­tion with sto­ries from Clarke Award-win­ning and short­listed au­thors seemed like a win­ner.”

The list of au­thors in­cludes Chris Beck­ett, Yoon Ha Lee, Emma New­man, Alas­tair Reynolds and Liz Wil­liams.

“The great thing about a brief like this is it gave our au­thors a fo­cus, but also cre­ative space to play,” says Hunter. “And we’ve had fan­tas­tic sto­ries from writ­ers like Adrian Tchaikovsky, Becky Cham­bers, Claire North and Jeff Noon, as well as some non-fic­tion from peo­ple like Neil Gaiman, a past judge him­self, talk­ing about be­ing a part of the award.”

A Kick­starter is now run­ning to fund the book – for more de­tails visit www. clarkeaward.com. Read more about Arthur C Clarke’s cen­te­nary on p68.

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