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2020 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced


The six works nominated for the 2020 Philip K. Dick Award have been anounced by the judges of the 2020 Philip K. Dick Award and the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, along with the Philip K. Dick Trust.
  • The Outside by Ada Hoffmann (Angry Robot)
  • Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O'Keefe (Orbit)
  • All Worlds Are Real: Short Fictions by Susan Palwick (Fairwood Press)
  • Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories by Sarah Pinsker (Small Beer Press)
  • The Rosewater Redemption by Tade Thompson (Orbit)
  • The Little Animals by Sarah Tolmie (Aqueduct Press)
First prize and any special citations will be announced on Friday, April 10, 2020 at Norwescon 43 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport, SeaTac, Washington.

The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States during the previous calendar year. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by the Northwest Science Fiction Society. Last year’s winner was THEORY OF BASTARDS by Audrey Schulman (Europa Editions) with a special citation to 84K by Claire North (Orbit). The 2019 judges are Thomas A. Easton, Karen Heuler, Mur Lafferty, Patricia MacEwen (chair), and James Sallis.





Ada Hoffman

The Outside
Angry Robot Books, June 11, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

2020 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced
Humanity’s super-intelligent AI Gods brutally punish breaches in reality, as one young scientist discovers, in this intense and brilliant space opera.

Autistic scientist Yasira Shien has developed a radical new energy drive that could change the future of humanity. But when she activates it, reality warps, destroying the space station and everyone aboard. The AI Gods who rule the galaxy declare her work heretical, and Yasira is abducted by their agents. Instead of simply executing her, they offer mercy – if she’ll help them hunt down a bigger target: her own mysterious, vanished mentor. With her homeworld’s fate in the balance, Yasira must choose who to trust: the gods and their ruthless post-human angels, or the rebel scientist whose unorthodox mathematics could turn her world inside out.

File Under: Science Fiction [ False Gods | Angel Inside | Autistic in Space | Here be Monsters ]





Megan E. O'Keefe

Velocity Weapon
The Protectorate 1
Orbit, June 11, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 544 pages

2020 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced
Dazzling space battles, intergalactic politics, and rogue AI collide in Velocity Weapon, the first book in this epic space opera by award-winning author Megan O’Keefe.

Sanda and Biran Greeve were siblings destined for greatness. A high-flying sergeant, Sanda has the skills to take down any enemy combatant. Biran is a savvy politician who aims to use his new political position to prevent conflict from escalating to total destruction.

However, on a routine maneuver, Sanda loses consciousness when her gunship is blown out of the sky. Instead of finding herself in friendly hands, she awakens 230 years later on a deserted enemy warship controlled by an AI who calls himself Bero. The war is lost. The star system is dead. Ada Prime and its rival Icarion have wiped each other from the universe.

Now, separated by time and space, Sanda and Biran must fight to put things right.

“Meticulously plotted, edge-of-your-seat space opera with a soul.” —Kirkus


The Protectorate
Velocity Weapon





Susan Palwick

All Worlds are Real: Short Fictions
Fairwood Press, November 5, 2019
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 322 pages

2020 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced
Beautifully crafted, unfailingly strange, and always moving, Susan Palwick's stories shift effortlessly between fantasy and science fiction, magical realism and horror. Here you will encounter aliens, ghosts, and robots, along with a colorful assortment of eccentric  and vulnerable humans. You will see souls trapped in lucite, witness the operations of a magical measuring tape, and watch the oldest woman on a generation ship bequeath a precious Terran relic to a young friend. Collecting tales published in markets such as Tor.com, Asimov's, F&SF, and Lightspeed, All Worlds are Real also includes three new pieces exclusive to this volume.





Sarah Pinsker

Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories
Small Beer Press, March 19, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

2020 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced

Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea is one of the most anticipated sf&f collections of recent years. Pinsker has shot like a star across the firmament with stories multiply nominated for awards as well as Sturgeon and Nebula award wins.

The baker’s dozen stories gathered here (including a new, previously unpublished story) turn readers into travelers to the past, the future, and explorers of the weirder points of the present. The journey is the thing as Pinsker weaves music, memory, technology, history, mystery, love, loss, and even multiple selves on generation ships and cruise ships, on highways and high seas, in murder houses and treehouses. They feature runaways, fiddle-playing astronauts, and retired time travelers; they are weird, wired, hopeful, haunting, and deeply human. They are often described as beautiful but Pinsker also knows that the heart wants what the heart wants and that is not always right, or easy.





Tade Thompson

The Rosewater Redemption
The Wormwood Trilogy 3
Orbit, October 15, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages

2020 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced
The Rosewater Redemption concludes the award-winning, cutting edge Wormwood trilogy, set in Nigeria, by one of science fiction’s most engaging new voices.

Life in the newly independent city-state of Rosewater isn’t everything its citizens were expecting.

The Mayor finds that debts incurred during the insurrection are coming back to haunt him. Nigeria isn’t willing to let Rosewater go without a fight. And the city’s alien inhabitants are threatening mass murder for their own sinister ends…

Operating across spacetime, the xenosphere, and international borders, it is up to a small group of hackers and criminals to prevent the extra-terrestrial advance. The fugitive known as Bicycle Girl, Kaaro, and his former handler Femi may be humanity’s last line of defense.

Tade Thompson’s innovative, genre-bending, Afrofuturist series, the Wormwood Trilogy, is perfect for fans of Jeff Vandermeer, N. K. Jemisin, William Gibson, and Ann Leckie.

The Wormwood Trilogy
Rosewater
The Rosewater Insurrection
The Rosewater Redemption





Sarah Tolmie

The Little Animals
Aqueduct Press, May 1, 2019
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 384 pages

2020 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced
Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek, a quiet linen draper in Delft, has discovered a new world: the world of the little animals, or animalcules, that he sees through his simple microscopes. These tiny creatures are everywhere, even inside us. But who will believe him? Not his wife, not his neighbors, not his fellow merchants—only his friend Reinier De Graaf, a medical doctor. Then he meets an itinerant goose girl at the market who lives surrounded by tiny, invisible voices. Are these the animalcules also? Leeuwenhoek and the girl form a curious alliance, and gradually the lives of the little animals infiltrate everything around them: Leeuwenhoek’s cloth business, the art of his friend Johannes Vermeer, the nascent sex trade, and people’s religious certainties. But Leeuwenhoek also needs to cement his reputation as a natural philosopher, and for that he needs the Royal Society of London—a daunting challenge, indeed, for a Dutch draper who can't communicate in Latin.

Guest Blog by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro


Please welcome Alvaro Zinos-Amaro to The Qwillery.



Guest Blog by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro




Looking through Robert Silverberg’s bibliography, one doesn’t see a ton of book collaborations. Sure, there are a number of books including his name in shared credit with someone else’s on the cover. In his early days he partnered on a number of tales with Randall Garrett. Two—The Shrouded Planet and The Dawning Light--were published as novels by Robert Randall at the end of the 1950s. A gathering of their collaborative short stories was published in 2009 under the title A Little Intelligence.
Then there’s the debut novel of the “Fire in Winter” series, The Mutant Season, written in collaboration with Karen Haber, Bob’s wife. Obviously that arrangement—the husband-and-wife writing team, who also produced a number of short stories—is not one we’d think Silverberg would enter into with other writers.
What, then, of the three books Bob co-authored with Isaac Asimov: Nightfall, The Positronic Man, and The Ugly Little Boy? In this case Silverberg essentially wrote the novels himself based on approved expansion treatments of Asimov’s original stories.
Let’s examine nonfiction, another field in which Silverberg was very prolific. There is a book bearing the names of Silverberg and Arthur C. Clarke—Into Space—but this was an update by Silverberg of an earlier Clarke title, The Young Traveller in Space.
On the editing front, there’s a few more joint bylines. Volumes 11 and 12 of the famous New Dimensions anthology series were listed as co-edited with Marta Randall, who did the heavy lifting (these were supposed to be two transitional volumes that would pave the way for Marta to undertake Volume 13 solo). Bob also edited three Universe anthologies and a number of yearly Best of volumes with Karen.
That’s the bulk of collaborations.
For someone who’s published fifteen or even twenty books, it would represent a fair percent of collaborative output, but in Bob’s case—hundreds of books—it’s a drop in the ocean.
Looking through these past collaborative ventures made it particularly special to be invited to work on a joint fiction project with Bob. The result was one story, When the Blue Shift Comes, told across two novellas. It wasn’t a strict collaboration at the line level, as we each wrote one novella individually and didn’t meddle with the other’s piece (Mike Resnick was the series editor, and he insured consistency, etc.), but aesthetically and plot-wise it’s one narrative in two halves, not two standalone tales.
Getting to collaborate again with Bob on Traveler of Worlds was more intimate, since it meant spending a fair amount of time at his house and then going through the line edits of the manuscript with him for corrections and final approval. Our words again remain distinct, though, since each question and answer is clearly attributed to one speaker or the other.
Perhaps the closest literary collaboration arose when Bob invited me to contribute a story to an apocalypse anthology he was editing. His editorial suggestions tightened my story and provided an excellent behind-the-scenes look at his process. In a couple of lines, his words intermingled with mine!
Which leads to a nebulous but nevertheless pleasing claim to a unique trifecta:
As far as I know, I’m the only writer with whom Bob has shared authorship on a fiction book (Blue Shift), a non-fiction book (Traveler of Worlds), and whose work Bob has edited (my story “Prayers to the Sun by a Dying Person” appeared in This Way to the End Times).
What does that mean?
Obviously, it’s a testament to Bob’s patience!
Seriously, as I begin my career and his winds down, I’m lucky to have received such generous help and insight from a true master. I’ve learned a lot from each of these three experiences, and I’m excited to put these lessons to work as I craft current and upcoming projects.
Mentor, collaborator, editor—friend. Thank you, Bob.





Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg
Fairwood Press, August 16, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 280 pages

Guest Blog by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
In addition to exploring Silverberg’s career, now in its sixth decade, this collection of transcribed conversations delves into aspects of Silverberg’s life—such as his extensive travel, passion for film, opera and classical music—not covered elsewhere.

A decade-and-a-half-long friendship, and working together on When the Blue Shift Comes, afforded Alvaro the opportunity to speak at length with Silverberg. The result: a remarkably candid series of conversations that will be of interest to science fiction readers and anyone curious about the writing life.





About Alvaro

Guest Blog by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Alvaro is co-author, with Robert Silverberg, of When The Blue Shift Comes and Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, which is currently eligible for Hugo nomination in the Best Related category and the Locus Award for best non-fiction.

Alvaro's more than thirty stories have appeared in magazines like Analog, Nature, Lightspeed, Galaxy's Edge, Lackington's, Farrago's Wainscot and Neon, as well as anthologies such as The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty, The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Tales, The 2015 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, Cyber World, This Way to the End Times, Humanity 2.0, An Alphabet of Embers and The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016.

Alvaro's essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The First Line, Asimov's, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Foundation, The New York Review of Science Fiction and Intergalactic Medicine Show. He also edits the roundtable blog for Locus.

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @AZinosAmaro

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