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Every year before we announce our shortlist, the Arthur C. Clarke Award now traditionally releases the full list of novels put forward for consideration.

We’ve always intended this as a great way to showcase the full breadth of titles in contention and, crucially, to allow science fiction readers everywhere the chance to have a little fun creating their own nominations, trying to second guess the final shortlist and gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the judging panel every year.

This year we’ve chosen to do this in two parts, first releasing this list of the thirty-three female authors submitted for the prize, which we hope will be a positive contribution towards further raising the profile of women writers of science fiction in the UK and beyond.

We’ll be releasing details of the full submissions list shortly, and will be encouraging readers everywhere to review and comment on the data in as many creative ways as possible.

Tom Hunter, Award Director

The shortlist for this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award will be announced on Tuesday 18 March, followed by the main award ceremony on Thursday 1 May at the Royal Society, London.

Books submitted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2014

Finches Of Mars by Brian W Aldiss (The Friday Project)

iD by Madeline Ashby (Angry Robot)

Jupiter War by Neal Asher (Tor)

Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood (Bloomsbury)

The Beautiful Land by Alan Averill (Titan)

Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach (Orbit)

The Gods Of Atlantis by Alan K Baker (Snowbooks)

Dream London by Tony Ballantyne (Solaris)

Gideon Smith And The Mechanical Girl by David Barnett (Snowbooks)

Lexicon by Max Berry (Mulholland Books)

Proxima by Stephen Baxter (Gollancz)

The Beauty Of Murder by AK Benedict (Orion)

Terra by Mitch Benn (Gollancz)

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (HarperCollins)

Without Warning by John Birmingham (Titan)

The Aylesford Skull by James P Blaylock (Titan)

What Lot’s Wife Saw by Ionna Bourazopoulou (Black & White Publishing)

Tourmaline by James Brogden (Snowbooks)

Bedlam by Christopher Brookmyre (Orbit)

The Serene Invasion by Eric Brown (Solaris)

Arctic Rising by Tobias S Buckell (Del Rey)

The Lost Fleet: Beyond The Frontier by Jack Campbell (Titan)

Dreams And Shadows by Robert C Cargill (Gollancz)

The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale (Faber & Faber)

The Lives Of Tao by Wesley Chu (Angry Robot)

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Angry Robot)

Conquest by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard (Headline)

Abaddon’s Gate by James A Corey (Orbit)

The Secret Knowledge by Andrew Crumey (Dedalus)

Homeland by Cory Doctorow (Titan)

Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Titan)

The Rapture Of The Nerds by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross (Titan)

The Arrows of Time by Greg Egan (Gollancz)

The Circle by Dave Eggers (Hamish Hamilton)

Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve (Hot Key Books)

The Fictional Man by Al Ewing (Solaris)

Queen Of Nowhere by Jaine Fenn (Gollancz)

Seoul Survivors by Naomi Foyle (Jo Fletcher Books)

The Stranger’s Shadow by Max Frei (Gollancz)

Convergence by Mike French (Elsewhen Press)

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman (Headline)

Marauder by Gary Gibson (Tor)

The Falling Sky by Pippa Goldschmidt (Freight)

Ectopia by Martin Goodman (Barbican Press)

Parasite by Mira Grant (Orbit)

2121 by Susan Greenfield (Head of Zeus)

Shopocalypse by David Gullen (Clarion)

The Humans by Matt Haig (Canongate)

Crash by Guy Haley (Solaris)

Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key Books)

Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins (Gollancz)

The Folded Man by Matt Hill (Sandstone Press)

The Secret Of Abu el Yezdi by Mark Hodder (Del Rey)

A History Of The Future In 100 Objects by Adrian Hon (Skyhook)

The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough (Titan)

Dust by Hugh Howey (Century)

Valour’s Choice by Tanya Huff (Titan)

Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human (Century)

God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)

Phoenicia’s Worlds Benjamin Jeapes (Solaris)

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen (Snowbooks)

The Clone Rebellion: The Clone Republic Stephen L. Kent (Titan)

The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan (John Murray Press)

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton)

The Gardener From Ochakov by Andrey Kurkov (Harvill Secker)

Autodrome by Kim Lakin-Smith (Snowbooks)

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)

Familiar by Robert J Lennon (Serpent’s Tail)

The Detainee by Peter Liney (Jo Fletcher Books)

The Best Of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord (Jo Fletcher Books)

Age Of Voodoo by James Lovegrove (Solaris)

The Disestablishment Of Paradise by Philip Mann (Gollancz)

The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott (Walker Books)

We Are Here by Michael Marshall (Orion)

Evening’s Empires by Paul McAuley (Gollancz)

Starhawk by Jack McDevitt (Headline)

Planesrunner by Ian McDonald (Jo Fletcher Books)

Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh (Orbit)

Resonance by John Meaney (Gollancz)

The Fall by Claire Merle (Faber & Faber)

The Eidolon by Libby McGugan (Solaris)

The Man With The Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi (Harvill Secker)

Hidden Among Us by Katie Moran (Walker Books)

The Curve Of The Earth by Simon Morden (Orbit)

Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)

More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)

Sufficiently Advanced Technology by Christopher Nuttall (Elsewhen Press)

A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)

Reviver by Seth Patrick (Macmillan)

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy (Hodder & Stoughton)

Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L Powell (Solaris)

The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (Doubleday)

Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest (Tor)

The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)

Abyss by Tricia Rayburn (Faber & Faber)

On The Steel Breeze by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz)

Cooking With Bones by Jess Richards (Sceptre)

Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)

Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter (Jo Fletcher Books)

Limit by Franz Schätzing (Jo Fletcher Books)

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury)

Life On The Preservation by Jack C Skillingstead (Solaris)

Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Atlantic Books)

The Age Of Scorpio by Gavin G Smith (Gollancz)

The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door)

Arteess: Conflict by James Starling (Elsewhen Press)

Fiend by Peter Stenson (William Heinemann)

Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross (Orbit)

Theatre Of The Gods by M Suddain (Jonathan Cape)

The City Of Devi by Manil Suri (Bloomsbury)

Osiris by EJ Swift (Del Rey)

Blood Donors by Steve Tasane (Walker Books)

Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux (Faber & Faber)

The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar (Hodder & Stoughton)

Your Brother’s Blood by David Towsey (Jo Fletcher Books)

Necessary Evil by Ian Tregillis (Orbit)

The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis (Orbit)

The Healer by Antti Tuomainen (Harvill Secker)

Ecko Burning by Danie Ware (Titan)

Shackleton’s Man Goes South by Tony White (The Science Museum)

The Ace Of Skulls by Chris Wooding (Gollancz)

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I'm embarrassed to say, I only recognize 5 author's name on that list and have only read books by two of those. I think the idea to raise the profile of women writers is a good idea. I'm not in the UK so hopefully that is a small excuse for not knowing some of them.

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God's War is just now eligible? Really?

I've read that, Ancillary Justice and The Best of All Possible worlds of those, and I think either of the first two (def not Best of All... though) would be decent nominees, but God's War is somewhat stronger - just a little better put together and generally feeling fresher and more surprising.

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So anyone got any more recommendations or suggestions for what looks interesting off of that list?

I've only read God's War, and it is very much worth trying - but you've already mentioned that one.

I am looking forward to reading at some point The Shining Girls, The Best of All Possible Worlds, as well as vN, the predecessor to the listed iD. Likely Ancillary Justice as well, depending a bit on how well it lasts.

If I'd choose an Atwood novel it would be one of the older ones I've yet to read, especially since this one is IIRC set in the same history as 2 earlier books.

Jaine Fenn, Tanya Huff, Mira Grant and Cherie Priest are authors that are on my 'should check out' 'list'.

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The shortlist for the 2014 Arthur C Clarke Award :

Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)

God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)

The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door)

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)

The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz)

The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)

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The shortlist for the 2014 Arthur C Clarke Award :

Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)

God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)

The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door)

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)

The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz)

The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)

I wonder if Christopher Priest is a bit happier with the quality of the shortlist this year?

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Oh you're just mad it's not written in spanish. :P


More like I could see unrealized potential in certain themes when I read it back in December and that lack of development dampened my enjoyment to the point that I really didn't feel much about it one way or the other.

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