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The Arthur C. Clarke Award is a prize for excellent science fiction writing. It is a British award for a science fiction novel from the year before. To win, a the novel must be published first in the United Kingdom. The winner gets money as a prize. The prize amount increases each year. It is a number of pounds sterling equal to the year of the prize (£1987 for the first prize in 1987, and £2011 for the most recent prize).

The science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke gave money to start the prize. The first prize was given in 1987. A group of judges choose the winning book. Judges come from the British Science Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation and a third group. Now, that third group SF Crowsnest. The Serendip Foundation manages the prize. Recently, the award has been presented on the first night of the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival.

List of winners

  • 1987: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • 1988: The Sea and Summer by George Turner
  • 1989: Unquenchable Fire by Rachel Pollack
  • 1990: The Child Garden by Geoff Ryman
  • 1991: Take Back Plenty by Colin Greenland
  • 1992: Synners by Pat Cadigan
  • 1993: Body of Glass by Marge Piercy (published as He, She and It in the U.S.)
  • 1994: Vurt by Jeff Noon
  • 1995: Fools by Pat Cadigan
  • 1996: Fairyland by Paul J. McAuley
  • 1997: The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh
  • 1998: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • 1999: Dreaming in Smoke by Tricia Sullivan
  • 2000: Distraction by Bruce Sterling
  • 2001: Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
  • 2002: Bold As Love by Gwyneth Jones
  • 2003: The Separation by Christopher Priest
  • 2004: Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
  • 2005: Iron Council by China Miéville
  • 2006: Air by Geoff Ryman
  • 2007: Nova Swing by M. John Harrison
  • 2008: Black Man by Richard Morgan
  • 2009: Song of Time by Ian R. MacLeod
  • 2010: The City and the City by China Miéville
  • 2011: Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
  • 2012: The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers
  • 2013: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
  • 2014: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  • 2015: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • 2016: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • 2017: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • 2018: Dreams Before the Start of Time by Anne Charnock

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