Tom Hunter

Tom Hunter is the current Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction literature.

Before joining the Clarke Award, his first serious foray into SF&F culture was as a reviewer for The Third Alternative magazine, covering SF-tinged experimental theatre, before going on to edit Matrix, the news and media magazine of the British Science Fiction Association.

Alongside his award duties, he works as a marketing and communications specialist, freelance consultant and occasional journalist.

He lives in London and tweets as @ClarkeAward

The Arthur C. Clarke Award

The annual award is given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. The award was established with a generous grant given by Sir Arthur C. Clarke and the first prize was awarded in 1987 to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

The winner is judged by a jury panel and selected from an initial shortlist of six eligible novels. The panel of judges is made up of a voluntary body of distinguished writers, critics and fans with the panel line-up changing every year. The juries are independently nominated by the award’s supporting organisations, currently the British Science Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation and the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival.

“A calendar highlight for fans of imaginative literature the world over” – New Scientist

“Every year the Clarke Award makes a stronger and stronger case for the breadth, depth and originality of SF in the UK.” – The Guardian

“The most prestigious science fiction prize in the UK” – Forbidden Planet International