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An original anthology honouring Sir Arthur C. Clarke's centenary year where every story is precisely two thousand and one words long.
An original anthology honouring Sir Arthur C. Clarke's centenary year where every story is precisely two thousand and one words long.
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The Arthur C. Clarke Award has joined forces with NewCon Press to publish a new short story anthology that marks Sir Arthur's centenary 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
  • Stephanie Holman
  • Tom Hunter
  • 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
  • Ian Whates
  • Liz Williams

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

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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