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FINALISTS: 2013 Philip K. Dick Award

The finalists for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award, presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States, have been announced:

  • A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (47North)
  • The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Angry Robot)
  • Self-Reference Engine by Toh EnJoe, translated by Terry Gallagher (Haikasoru)
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Life on the Preservation by Jack Skillingstead (Solaris)
  • Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Books of Science Fiction edited by Ian Whates (Solaris)
  • Countdown City by Ben H. Winters (Quirk Books)

The winner and any special citations will be announced April 18, 2014 at Norwescon 37 in SeaTac WA.

[via Locus Online and press reelase]

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5 Comments on FINALISTS: 2013 Philip K. Dick Award

  1. Much congratulations to everyone, but especially Cassandra Rose Clarke for The Mad Scientist’s Daughter (being the only one of these I’ve read and also worthy of award nominations, in my opinion).

    I plan on reading Ancillary Justice prior to the end of Hugo nominating season.

  2. David Greybeard // January 11, 2014 at 9:46 am //

    I suspect Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie will be the winner. It’s been the most talked about,in the genre sphere of book blogs that I patrol, book of those nominated and I saw it on many Best Of The Year lists as well.

    I often do agree with Carl V. Anderson’s review opinions so perhaps that book has a chance to win.

    The Solaris collection is most surprising choice. Isn’t it a bit rare that a short story collection is nominated?

    • My money would be on Ancillary Justice given all the buzz I’ve read not only from readers but from other authors. I pulled it off my shelf this morning to get to this week.

  3. Steve Oerkfitz // January 11, 2014 at 10:25 am //

    Ancillary Justice will probably be the winner due to all the good buzz it’s been getting. I found it slow going and gave up after about 100 pages. I liked both Life On the Preservation and Countdown City. Haven’t read the rest-in fact I’ve never heard of A Calculated Life. Saw Self Reference Engine at a bookstore but found the cover unappealing and never paid much attention to it. I’ll give it another look.

  4. Durand Welsh // January 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm //

    A short story collection! That’s a surprise. I’m not sure how you can go about rating a short story collection against a novel. Personally I think it’s a bit of a dodgy idea. Interesting that A Calculated Life is published through Amazon’s 47North. Looks like they’re starting to make inroads into the awards.

    Down here in the biggest bookstore in Sydney (Kinokuniya), they had all their copies of Ancillary Justice in the shelves of the Crime section. Even with the spaceships on the cover. Grrrr. I haven’t read it yet, but I guess I’d better bite the bullet given all the buzz it has been getting.

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