Having just started a group read of The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (and a novel a month!), the announcement of the nominees for the Philip K. Dick award yesterday felt particularly timely. I like to think of it as a reading recommendation list for people who loved PKD’s work, though that may be a misguided assumption.
The Philip K. Dick Award is announced at Norwescon by the Philedelphia Science Fiction Society in honor of…yeah the award name should make that obvious. This year that will be on March 25th. It was created by Thomas Disch and first awarded in 1982, the year of PKD’s death. The only clear statement I’ve found regarding its mission is that it is given to “the most distinguished original science fiction paperback (published for the first time during [the previous year] in the U.S.A) as chosen by a panel of judges” (source).
From a brief study of the nominees and winners over the years, I see that there is always at least one book nominated that I love deeply, though that book is almost never the winner. The list always includes books that could bear comparison to Dick’s, but I can’t tell if all of them do, or if that is an unspoken requirement. Maybe 2017 will be the year I read all the winners, maybe even all the nominees, so that I can finally confirm what the fuck this award is about. I’ll get back to you on that.
The 2015 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees
Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper (Pyr)
After the Sauvers Landed by Douglas Lain (Night Shade Books)
(R)evolution by PJ Manney (47North)
Apex by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books)
Windswept by Adam Rakunas (Angry Robot Books)
Archangel by Marguerite Reed (Arche Press)
I haven’t read a single one. Have you? Any predictions for the winner?