Space Spiders Capture Clarke Awards

Written by Ed Fortune Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Book News

Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, one of the world’s most prestigious prize for science fiction literature. The Clarke is chosen by a panel of industry professionals, and is often compared to the Man Booker Prize in terms of impact and importance.

Children of Time was released in 2015 and is a blend of traditional science fiction tropes and clever ideas. It tracks the course of a generation ship, called the Gilgamesh, as it carries the last few remnants of the human race to its destination. Awaiting the humans on their new world are the results of a terra-forming experiment gone wrong; the planet is ruled by a race of sentient spiders.

Andrew M Butler, Chair of Judges, said, “Choosing a winner for the Arthur C. Clarke Award doesn’t get any easier after thirty years. The judges were passionate about all six shortlisted titles and it was tough to narrow down to one book. Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time tells two parallel stories of the last survivors of Earth and the inhabitants of a terraformed planet – it takes the reader’s sympathies and phobias, and plays with them masterfully on an epic and yet human scale.”

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