And not just any Arthur C. Clarke Award - this is the 30th anniversary of the prize, which is presented annually to the best SF novel published in the UK that year. Adrian accepted the award with a moving speech, emphasising the importance of empathy in science fiction.
Having already gained fans such as SF master
Peter F. Hamilton, and award-winning author and Doctor Who spin-off showrunner Patrick Ness, CHILDREN OF TIME was praised by judges for its 'epic and yet human scale'.
Tom Hunter, now in his 10th year as Director of the award, said that CHILDREN OF TIME 'has a universal scale and sense of wonder reminiscent of Clarke himself, combined with one of the best science fictional extrapolations of a not-so-alien species and their evolving society [that] I’ve ever read'. Can't get higher praise than that!
If you haven't read it yet, scroll down for a synopsis, or check out a free online extract here.
WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH?
The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life.
But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare.
Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?
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Adrian is a man of many talents across a variety of genres - he is also the author of the ten-part Shadows of the Apt series, flintlock fantasy GUNS OF THE DAWN, and the first in a new epic fantasy trilogy, THE TIGER AND THE WOLF. He joins a prestigious roster of Clarke Award winners, including Margaret Atwood (recipient of the very first award in 1987), Ann Leckie, and fellow Pan Macmillan authors China Miéville, Jeff Noon and last year's winner, Emily St. John Mandel.
The prize was announced at a special ceremony held at Foyles bookshop’s flagship store on Charing Cross Road, London, and presented in front of an audience of science fiction writers, publishers and fans. The evening began with a toast to the memory of Sir Arthur C. Clarke led by Angie Edwards, Sir Arthur’s niece.
You can find Adrian on Twitter at @aptshadow