The ceremony for the 33rd Clarke Award took place at Foyles Bookshop in London. The event is one of the highlights of the UK science fiction scene. Tade Thompson received a commemorative engraved bookend and prize money of £2019.00.
Dr Andrew M Butler, Chair of Judges, said: “Alien invasion is always a political subject, and Tade Thompson's debut novel Rosewater expertly explores the nature of the alien, global power structures and pervasive technologies with a winning combination of science fictional invention, gritty plotting and sly wit.I would like to pay tribute to our judges for this year, it was an incredibly close but good-natured argument over which novel would triumph.”
The judges were composed of members of the British Science Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation and the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival.