Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Philip K. Dick Award/ In-box

1. I saw on Locus today that the nominees for the next Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. They are: Emissaries from the Dead by Adam-Troy Castro, Fast Foward 2 by Lou Anders (editor), Judge by Karen Traviss, Plague War by Jeff Carlson, Terminal Mind by David Walton and Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait by KA Bedford. The Dick award is for distinguished books first published in paperback. It's a cool thing that there is such an award, because a lot of great sf over the years has seen first publication in paperback, but it's easy to overlook those titles amid the ones that get more attention because they see first publication in hardback editions. I have not myself read any of these books yet. I know, however, that Fast Forward 2 from Pyr is an anthology that follows the much acclaimed first volume.  This one has stories from McDonald, Rusch, Resnick, Kress and Doctorow among others (there's a link from the Pyr site to Doctorow's site where one can hear a podcast). 

2. My pile of submissions to M-Brane has been dealt with.  Save for a couple of writers who just sent stuff in today, everyone should have a reply now.  That feels good.  It also feels good that I have found some great stories for upcoming issues. The project for the coming weekend is to get #1 ready for launch.  Though I have decided to try to go early on #1, I still don't necessarily want to move up #2. But then I'd have a big gap between the first and second issues. I don't know. We'll see how the premiere goes and decide on other matters later.

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Anonymous said...

Hey there,

The only book I read of those listed was Emissaries from the Dead, but I have to say it was a great read. Cross Peter Watts with Larry Niven and mix in a bit of detective fiction and you get the idea.

Looking forward to the first issue.

Brandon Bell


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