Ada Palmer wins the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer


Ada Palmer wins the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Ada Palmer has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer for her debut novel, Too Like the Lightning, at this year’s Hugo Awards ceremony. The ceremony took place at Worldcon, hosted in Helsinki, Finland. Read on to watch the announcement and Ada’s speech.


Too Like the Lightning is the first in the Terra Ignota series, set in the year 2454. Humanity has engineered a hard-won golden age, forged in the aftermath of a bitter conflict that wiped both religion and nation state from the planet. Now seven factions or ‘hives’ co-govern the world, their rule fuelled by benign censorship, oracular statistical analytics and technological abundance. But this is a fragile Utopia – and someone is intent on pushing it to breaking point.


Mycroft Canner is the indentured instrument – and confidant – of some of the world’s most powerful figures. When he is asked to investigate a bizarre theft, he finds himself on the trail of a conspiracy that could shatter the tranquil world order the Hives have maintained for three centuries. But Mycroft has his own secrets. He is concealing a much greater threat to the seven Hives, a wild card no degree of statistical analysis could have prophesised. This threat takes the unlikely form of a thirteen-year-old called Bridger. For how will a world that has banished God deal with a child who can perform miracles?


Too Like the Lightning was also shortlisted for the Best Novel Award alongside fellow Head of Zeus author, Cixin Liu, for Death’s End. The next title in the Terra Ignota series, Seven Surrenders, will be published in the UK in January. 

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