The nominees for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award were announced today. The Philip K. Dick Award is given to the best original science fiction paperback of the year as determined by a panel of judges. The 2013 judges are Elizabeth Bear (chair), Siobhan Carroll, Michael Kandel, Jamil Nasir, and Timothy Sullivan.
Here are the nominees:
- A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (47North)
- The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Angry Robot)
- Self-Reference Engine by Toh EnJoe, trans. Terry Gallagher (Haikasoru)
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
- Life on the Preservation by Jack Skillingstead (Solaris)
- Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction edited by Ian Whates (Solaris)
- Countdown City by Ben H. Winters (Quirk Books)
The winner of the award will be announced on April 18, 2014.
I haven’t read any of these books besides Ancillary Justice, which I read towards the end of last year. If the rest of the books on the list of nominees are on par with that one, this is going to be an incredibly difficult choice for the judging panel to make. Maybe I can find time to read a couple of the others before April and try to take a guess at which one I think will be the winner in the end.