Anne Charnock

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Anne Charnock
OccupationScience fiction author
Notable worksDreams Before the Start of Time
Notable awards

Anne Charnock (born 8 June 1954) is a British author of science fiction novels. In 2018, she won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in science fiction, for her novel Dreams Before the Start of Time.


Born in Bolton, England, Charnock has a background in environmental science, journalism, and fine art, which she incorporates into her science fiction writing.[1] She has worked as a science writer for The Guardian and New Scientist, and as a foreign correspondent.[2]

Charnock's first novel, A Calculated Life, was originally self-published in 2013, and was later picked up by 47 North, an imprint of Amazon.[2] The story follows migrant workers attempting to make a living in the UK, and is one of a quartet of short stories published by NewCon along with stories by Neil Williamson, Simon Morden and Alastair Reynolds.[3] It was nominated for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award.[4]

Charnock is also the author of Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind (47 North), published in 2015, the story of an Italian female artist in the 15th century.[5]

Her 2017 novel Dreams Before the Start of Time (47 North), is set in a future world where artificial wombs have become the primary method of reproduction and infertility has been eradicated. It won the Arthur C. Clarke award for science fiction in 2018.[2] In 2017, it was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award for Best Novel.[6]

In 2017, Charnock won the BSFA Award for Best Shorter Fiction for her novella The Enclave, published by NewCon.[6] Charnock was a judge during the 2018 James White Award short story competition.[7]




  • The Enclave (2017)

Short stories[edit]

Title Year Published Collection / Mag ISBN Ref
"A Good Citizen" 2017 "A Good Citizen". 2084. Unsung Stories. 2017. ISBN 978-1-907389-50-4 [8]
"A Cure for Homesickness" 2018 "A Cure for Homesickness". Shoreline of Infinity (11.5). The New Curiosity Shop. April 2018. ISBN 978-1-9997002-6-3 [9]


Work Year Award Category Result Ref
A Calculated Life 2014 Philip K. Dick Award Finalist [10]
The Kitschies Golden Tentacle (Dèbut) Nominated
The Enclave 2018 BSFA Award Short Fiction Won
Dreams Before the Start of Time 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award Won
BSFA Award Novel Nominated
"All I Asked For” 2021 BSFA Award Short Fiction Nominated

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "'Science fiction is like a Swiss army knife'". Independent [London, England]. 24 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Cain, Sian (18 July 2018). "Arthur C Clarke award goes to 'classic' novel exploring the limits of pregnancy". the Guardian. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  3. ^ Lovegrove, James (7 April 2017). "Short review: NewCon Press Novella Set 1". Financial Times. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  4. ^ "2013 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced - SFWA". SFWA. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  5. ^ Roberts, Adam (3 December 2015). "Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015". the Guardian. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b "2017 BSFA Winners". Locus Online. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  7. ^ "2018 James White Award Shortlist". Locus Online. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Title: A Good Citizen". Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  9. ^ "Title: A Cure for Homesickness". Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  10. ^ "sfadb : Anne Charnock Titles". Retrieved 28 July 2022.