It’ll be a while until the final shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award comes up (keep an eye out in March). But, the list of submissions has recently been published meaning I’ve got plenty of inspiration for good reads in the interim (and a record number of submissions to boot).

Some of you may have noticed that this year, a separate “female only” list was published about a week ahead of the full one. Apparently this was done to try to raise the profile of female sci-fi writers although the cynic in me wonders if it wasn’t just an attempt to dodge the sexism bullets firing about last year. It’s all good whatever the reason was and hopefully some budding authoress will take inspiration and get to it as a result.

Anyway, let’s not get too embroiled in the genital orientation of our writers for now – I’m off to decide which of these books I’ll be paying a library fine for in the not too distant future. Huzzah.

Winner of the first Arthur C. Clarke award, 1987, for The Handmaid's Tale - a beasting good read.
Winner of the first Arthur C. Clarke award, 1987, for The Handmaid’s Tale – a beasting good read.

– Jen

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