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2013 Philip K. Dick Award - Winner

The Philip K. Dick Award  award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society. The ceremony is sponsored by the Northwest Science Fiction Society.

The nominees for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award::


The winner was announced on April 18th at Norwescon:

Countdown City
Ben H. Winters
The Last Policeman 2
Quirk Books, July 16, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages


2013 Philip K. Dick Award - Winner
The Last Policeman received the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original--along with plenty of glowing reviews.

Now Detective Hank Palace returns in Countdown City, the second volume of the Last Policeman trilogy. There are just 77 days before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank's days of solving crimes are over...until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband.

Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace—an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone’s gone “bucket list” or just gone. With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off “impact zone” refugees.

Countdown City presents another fascinating mystery set on brink of an apocalypse--and once again, Hank Palace confronts questions way beyond "whodunit." What do we as human beings owe to one another? And what does it mean to be civilized when civilization is collapsing all around you?



Philip K. Dick Memorial Award - Norwescon - Mark Hodder

Norwescon streamed the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award ceremony last evening. It was great to be able to see it. You can read more about the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award at Norwescon's website.

The award for 2010 went to Mark Hodder for The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack.

Series: Burton & Swinburne 1
Publisher: Pyr (September 2010)
Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pp
ISBN: 978-1-61614-240-7
Cover: © Jon Sullivan

Philip K. Dick Memorial Award - Norwescon - Mark Hodder
London, 1861.

Sir Richard Francis Burton—explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman; his reputation tarnished; his career in tatters; his former partner missing and probably dead.

Algernon Charles Swinburne—unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade; for whom pain is pleasure, and brandy is ruin!

They stand at a crossroads in their lives and are caught in the epicenter of an empire torn by conflicting forces: Engineers transform the landscape with bigger, faster, noisier, and dirtier technological wonders; Eugenicists develop specialist animals to provide unpaid labor; Libertines oppose repressive laws and demand a society based on beauty and creativity; while the Rakes push the boundaries of human behavior to the limits with magic, drugs, and anarchy. The two men are sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack, and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

Their investigations lead them to one of the defining events of the age, and the terrifying possibility that the world they inhabit shouldn't exist at all!

The second in the series was published in March 2011.

The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man
Series: Burton & Swinburne 2
Publisher: Pyr (March 2011)
Format: Trade Paperback, 359 pp
ISBN: 978-1-61614-359-6
Cover: © Jon Sullivan

Philip K. Dick Memorial Award - Norwescon - Mark Hodder
CONTINUING THE HIT STEAMPUNK SERIES!

It is 1862, though not the 1862 it should be...

Time has been altered, and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the king’s agent, is one of the few people who know that the world is now careening along a very different course from that which Destiny intended.

When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection—black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times.

His investigation leads to involvement with the media sensation of the age: the Tichborne Claimant, a man who insists that he’s the long lost heir to the cursed Tichborne estate. Monstrous, bloated, and monosyllabic, he’s not the aristocratic Sir Roger Tichborne known to everyone, yet the working classes come out in force to support him. They are soon rioting through the streets of London, as mysterious steam wraiths incite all-out class warfare.

From a haunted mansion to the Bedlam madhouse, from South America to Australia, from séances to a secret labyrinth, Burton struggles with shadowy opponents and his own inner demons, meeting along the way the philosopher Herbert Spencer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Florence Nightingale, and Charles Doyle (father of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).

Can the king’s agent expose a plot that threatens to rip the British Empire apart, leading to an international conflict the like of which the world has never seen? And what part does the clockwork man have to play?

Burton and Swinburne’s second adventure—The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man—is filled with eccentric steam-driven technology, grotesque characters, and a deepening mystery that pushes forward the three-volume story arc begun in The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack.
2013 Philip K. Dick Award - WinnerPhilip K. Dick Memorial Award - Norwescon - Mark Hodder

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