We are pleased to be working with the Neukom Institute for Computational Science to provide books for the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards!
In the category of debut speculative fiction, the award goes to Best Worst American by Juan Martinez (Small Beer Press, 2017). The co-winners of the inaugural prize in the open category are Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications, 2016) and On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis (Amulet/Abrams, 2016).
The three winning authors will participate in a panel discussion, hosted by the contest’s principal judge, Maria Dahvana Headley, author of The Mere Wife. A reception will follow where the books will be available for purchase.
The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College has awarded the inaugural 2018 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards in Speculative Fiction. The awards go to three works of fiction that demonstrate that the future can be imagined as something other than a slick, techno-dystopia.
“We are proud to have a list of award winners that features such thoughtful artistic visions of the future, both near and far,” said Dan Rockmore, director of the Neukom Institute. “We all wrestle with the uncertainty of the future, that is what makes speculative fiction such an important and necessary genre, and that is what makes each of these works so special.”
“These books prioritize valuable human relationships as prods to improvement of technologically and scientifically complex futures,” said Maria Dahvana Headley, the principal judge for the 2018 awards program. “The works are warm and hopeful, and they point to the true nature of science, one in which solving human problems and failings is the goal, not shrinking the need for human engagement.”
In addition to the top book honors awarded to Martinez, Duyvis and Tidhar, the Neukom Institute recognized eight other books by placing them on the inaugural award shortlist. “All of the books recognized by the awards embrace the potential for a future involving the flesh-and-blood skills of empathy and tenderness, while still expanding on technical capacity,” said Headley.
2018 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards Shortlist of Books (also available at the event):
After Atlas by Emma Newman (Roc, 2016)
Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein (Picador, 2016)
Made for Love by Alissa Nutting (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2017)
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit, 2017)
Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty (Orbit, 2017)
Telling the Map by Christopher Rowe (Small Beer Press, 2017)
Using Life by Ahmed Naji (UT Press, 2017)
Void Star by Zachary Mason (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017)
Free and open to the public, no reservations required.
Winner of the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award
These are the best Americans, the worst Americans. In these stories (these cities, these people) there are labyrinths, rivers, wildernesses. Voices sound slightly different than expected. There's humor, but it's going to hurt.
An NPR Best Book of 2016
An Amazon Featured Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Book
A Guardian Best SF & Fantasy Book of 2016
Longlist, British Science Fiction Award 2016, Best Novel
2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee