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2018 Philip K. Dick Award Winner


The judges of the 2018 Philip K. Dick Award and the Philadelphia SF Society, along with the Philip K. Dick Trust, have announced the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award. First prize and any special citations were announced on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Norwescon 41 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.



The Winner is Carrie Vaughn for:

Bannerless
The Bannerless Saga 1
John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books, July 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

2018 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
A mysterious murder in a dystopian future leads a novice investigator to question what she’s learned about the foundation of her population-controlled society.

Decades after economic and environmental collapse destroys much of civilization in the United States, the Coast Road region isn’t just surviving but thriving by some accounts, building something new on the ruins of what came before. A culture of population control has developed in which people, organized into households, must earn the children they bear by proving they can take care of them and are awarded symbolic banners to demonstrate this privilege. In the meantime, birth control is mandatory.

Enid of Haven is an Investigator, called on to mediate disputes and examine transgressions against the community. She’s young for the job and hasn't yet handled a serious case. Now, though, a suspicious death requires her attention. The victim was an outcast, but might someone have taken dislike a step further and murdered him?

In a world defined by the disasters that happened a century before, the past is always present. But this investigation may reveal the cracks in Enid’s world and make her question what she really stands for.



A Special Citation also was awarded to Deji Bryce Olukotun for:

After the Flare
Nigerians in Space 2
The Unnamed Press, September 12, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 288 pages

2018 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
A catastrophic solar flare reshapes our world order as we know it – in an instant, electricity grids are crippled, followed by devastating cyberattacks that paralyze all communication.

Kwesi Bracket is an industrial engineer who works for NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab, running space-walk simulations for astronauts when the flare hits. His life quickly disintegrates – he loses his job and his wife leaves him, forcing him to take care of his daughter by himself. Meanwhile, America slowly descends into chaos as people turn inward to protect themselves.

Bracket soon discovers that Nigeria operates the only functioning space program in the world, which is recruiting scientists to launch a daring rescue mission to save a famous astronaut stranded aboard the International Space Station. With Europe, Asia, and the U.S. knocked off-line, and thousands of dead satellites about to plummet to Earth, Bracket heads to Kano in Northeastern Nigeria. But what he finds there is anything but normal. In the aftermath of the flare, the country has been flooded with advanced biohacking technologies, and the scramble for space supremacy has attracted dangerous peoples from all over Africa. What’s more: the militant Islamic group Boko Haram is slowly encroaching on the spaceport, leaving a trail of destruction, while a group of nomads has discovered an ancient technology more powerful than anything he’s ever imagined.

With the clock ticking down, Bracket – helped by a brilliant scientist from India and an eccentric lunar geologist – must confront the looming threats to the spaceport in order to launch a harrowing rescue mission into space.

In this sequel to Nigerians in Space, Deji Bryce Olukotun poses deep questions about technology, international ambition, identity, and space exploration in the 21st century.



The nominees for the 2018 Philip K. Dick Award:
  • THE BOOK OF ETTA by Meg Elison (47North)
  • SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • AFTER THE FLARE by Deji Bryce Olukotun (The Unnamed Press)
  • THE WRONG STARS by Tim Pratt (Angry Robot)
  • REVENGER Alastair Reynolds (Orbit)
  • BANNERLESS by Carrie Vaughn (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells (Tor.com)

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - Novels to Comics - September 30, 2010

Yesterday was an extremely light comic book day for me. While that makes my wallet ecstatic, it makes me sad. Nonetheless, I did pick up some comics that I'm really enjoying so it's all good.

Three of the comics that I picked up are based on or are adaptions of novels.

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle


It was made into an animated film in 1982. Mia Farrow was the Unicorn. Christopher Lee voiced the bad guy, King Haggard.



A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns. IMDB

And it's a gorgeous comic from IDW Publishing.


As the threat of the terrifying and mysterious Red Bull looms, so does the dark and foreboding castle of King Haggard, the keeper of the bull. The Unicorn, the magician Schmendrick, and Molly brave ahead until they are forced to defend the unicorn from certain death. But Schmendrick’s solution may make her wish she hadn’t survived at any cost.
Issue 4, Cover A

Issue 4, Cover B

Page 4


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

 I love the title. Brilliant. This is the book that inspired the Blade Runner film.


Here's the trailer from Blade Runner:

The comic that I got yesterday is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dust to Dust from BOOM! Studios. It's the authorized prequel.

A science-fiction publishing event! Who hunted androids before Rick Deckard? Taking place immediately after World War Terminus ends, the problems with artificial life - androids - become apparent. The government decides they must become targets, hunted down, but who will do the dirty work? Two men are assigned: Malcolm Reed, a 'special' human with the power to feel others' emotions, and Charlie Victor, who's the perfect man for the job - or is he? Meanwhile Samantha Wu, a Stanford biologist, fights to save the last of the world's animals. John W. Campbell Award-nominee Chris Roberson writes the prequel to John W. Campbell Memorial Award-winner Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, one of the greatest science fiction novels ever published. BOOM! Studios
Issue 5


The Eye of the World, The Wheel of Time 1 by Robert Jordan


A movie is in the works for The Eye of the World. The comic is published by Dynamite.

About Issue 5:
The next chapter in the ROBERT JORDAN'S thrilling WHEEL OF TIME! Thanks to Moiraine, Rand Al'Thor has found out why his quiet life has erupted into chaos and what the myrddraal seeks -- and those answers will change his life forever. Plagued with visions of a great evil, and forced to leave the only home he's ever known, THE EYE OF THE WORLD continues here! DYNAMITE
Issue 5

Apparently I really like comics based on novels!
2018 Philip K. Dick Award WinnerWednesday Comics on Thursday - Novels to Comics - September 30, 2010

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