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Stretch Goal! Clarke's Three Laws science fiction music soundtrack for every supporter

With two weeks to go at time of writing, and our initial funding target hit, we wanted to add an extra reward for all of our current backers and new pledges if we can hit this new funding goal:

TARGET: £10,000 

If we hit target, every backer will receive an exclusive digital soundtrack commissioned by the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Science Fiction Association and created by film and theatre composer, Heather Fenoughty.

Here's Heather to tell us more about the project:

Music for Sir Arthur C. Clarke

"I decided to base the tracks on Clarke's famous Three Laws. Every now again there's a hint of triple time, until the final piece, which is almost entirely in triple time as the 3 laws become cemented together.

"In order to keep a sense of coherence between these three quite distinct tracks, I used a theme based on Clarke's initials A-C-C, and this can be heard throughout the pieces in one form or another.

"In all of the pieces I tried to convey a sense of epic storytelling, wonder, awe, the potential for greatness, a challenge, the possibility of danger and hope of the future."

Track 1: The Elderly Scientist

"When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."

A sense of time passing, inexorably. A calm, stately, assured scientist, secure in the infallibility of his knowledge gained over the passage of the years, questions are answered, harmonies are kept simple... then something occurs to disrupt the scientist's assuredness, harmonies become muddied, outside voices disagree and shout all the more, all the while the scientist stubbornly stays insistent in his correctness (the A-C-C theme), time continues to pass, until... finally, there's a feeling of the scientist relenting, though proved wrong on this occasion his eyes are opened to greater possibilities...

Track 2: Venture... into the Impossible

"The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible."

A journey into time and space. Initially, preparation, slow, solo flights, calm, in known space and time. The cold beauty of the journey, hinting at the future soon to be revealed, communication, transmissions... into the drama of the first journey in the true unknown, an impossible journey, the strength and determination of the travellers, their elation, hopes, fears, the A-C-C theme, Arthur C. Clarke and his predictions and vision, carrying them on... until they pass out of our field of contact into the unknown.

Track 3: Indistinguishable from Magic

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

A piece written almost entirely in triple time, evoking the joy and elation of the 'magic' of the future. Journeys in time and space, wonder and awe, hope and surprise. A constant feel of the machines and technology creating the magic, but without taking away from the wonder they would inspire in any less advanced culture. The A-C-C theme is developed into a full melody, then into a moment of introspection, where the mechanics fade away and all that is left is the mystery, the potential of what will come next, then into the final section, pushing further and further upwards into the future and on into... who knows.

Every backer will receive a digital copy of each track above to download as well as our special 'ceremony mix' combining all three tracks into one extended piece that to date has only ever been played at the annual Clarke Award presentation.

A Centenary Celebration

Saturday 16th December 2017 marks the centenary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s birthday and, to celebrate that monolithic moment in science fiction history, the Clarke Award is joining forces with NewCon Press to publish a new short story anthology that both honours Sir Arthur and showcases new and exclusive work from some of the best science fiction writers in the world today.

A Story in 2001 Words

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is famous for its annual redefinition of that elusive term ‘science fiction,’ and Sir Arthur was always adamant that while the award may be named for him, it shouldn’t be styled on his work.

We wanted to make sure that the scope of the anthology was as broad as the fluid definition of science fiction for which the Clarke Award is renowned, while still retaining a direct acknowledgement of Sir Arthur’s own work.

The solution? A collection where every story has all the scope and freedom to imagine that an author might possibly want, but where the word count had to be precisely 2001 words (and we had rules about authors playing clever games with super-long story titles, just to make sure).

The Anthology

Original cover art by Chris Baker (Fangorn)
Original cover art by Chris Baker (Fangorn)

Money raised on Kickstarter will go towards production of the book and paying our contributors.

Kickstarter supporters will be able to pledge for special editions and exclusive rewards only available via this campaign.

The anthology will feature original fiction from a fantastic range of SF&F authors, including many past winners of the Arthur C. Clarke Award:

  • Chris Beckett
  • Becky Chambers
  • Colin Greenland
  • Mathew De Abaitua
  • Yoon Ha Lee
  • Dave Hutchinson
  • Emmi Itäranta
  • Gwyneth Jones
  • Ian R MacLeod
  • Phillip Mann
  • Paul McAuley
  • Ian McDonald
  • Emma Newman
  • Claire North
  • Jeff Noon
  • Rachel Pollack
  • Alastair Reynolds
  • Adam Roberts
  • Jane Rogers
  • Bruce Sterling
  • Allen Stroud
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Ian Watson
  • Liz Williams

The collection will also feature non-fiction pieces from the Arthur C. Clarke Award Chair of Judges, Dr Andrew M. Butler, and past Clarke Award jury member, 1991-1992, Neil Gaiman.

We plan to announce new contributors will be confirmed as the campaign progresses.

Thank you for reading, and we hope you will choose to join us on this centenary adventure and enjoy supporting our Kickstarter campaign.

Tom Hunter, Director, The Arthur C. Clarke Award

Ian Whates, Proprietor, NewCon Press

 

 

Risks and challenges

“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.” Sir Arthur C. Clarke.

This is not an impossible project, but we are a small team working to deliver an epic idea, we do have our limits, and all the best creative adventures will inevitably feature some kind of unforeseen challenge to be overcome otherwise they wouldn't really be worth embarking on and we wouldn't have any heroic tales to tell on launch night!

Right now though we are starting from a great position, all of the stories from the contributors we've listed are in (plus we have room for a few more) we have some great cover artwork, and we're confident we can make this a beautiful book that will look absolutely superb on bookshelves around the world.

We're committed to making this book whatever happens, but a successful Kickstarter campaign will mean we can cover the production costs needed to make it a truly beautiful object, afford the extra expense to produce collectable signed copies (see our reward levels) and pay our contributors a higher amount for their fantastic work.

No risk, no reward, as they say, or as that other prophet of the space adventure, Buzz Lightyear, once remarked, To Infinity, and Beyond!

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