Selkirk College’s Creative Writing and English instructor, Adrian Barnes, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award for his science fiction novel 'Nod'.
The UK award is given for the best science fiction novel first published in the UK during the previous year, and this year, six titles were chosen from 82 submissions. The winner will be announced on May 1st at an exclusive award ceremony, hosted by London’s Royal Society, during the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival. Adrian will be heading to London on April 26th to attend the ceremony and promote his book.
“Being shortlisted is very exciting. It's great to get some recognition, and attending the ceremony at the Royal Society is something I'll be able to tell my grandkids about,” says Adrian. “The first author to win the award was Margaret Atwood for The Handmaid's Tale, so it's a real honour even to be nominated for the same prize.”
Adrian has been a passionate writer since the 1970s and science fiction books and movies were a huge part of his childhood and youth. Adrian says he believes “we live in 'science fiction times' and that it's hard to write meaningfully about today without giving some thought to tomorrow, given how quickly and drastically the world is changing.”
Adrian has another novel coming out next spring, titled Neverhasbeen, which is set in Rossland and also includes a little sci-fi.
Outside of Selkirk College, Adrian is a partner in Lone Sheep Publishing, a West Kootenay-based new media company that owns four online newspapers in the region. He has been published in numerous columns and articles for Lone Sheep Publishing as well as his published novels.
“What I take from the publishing/prize experience is a sense of pride that I kept plugging away at my writing and have finally gotten somewhere,” says Adrian. “It's been a great experience in terms of meeting kindred spirits and making new friendships, which is where the real value lies in any endeavor.”
The Arthur C. Clarke Award winner is chosen by a panel of judges invited from the British Science Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation and the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival. The winner will be presented with a cheque for £2013.00 (the amount represents the year of the award) and a commemorative engraved bookend. Adrian’s UK publisher, Bluemoose, submitted the novel on Adrian’s behalf to be eligible for the award.