Amidst arguments over the Hugos, two other awards announced

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Meg Elison, winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for her novel, “The Book of the Unnamed Midwife.”

While everybody (present company included) was breaking Twitter over the Hugo nominations, it is important to mention that two other awards were announced this weekend.

On Friday, the Philip K. Dick Award was presented at Norwescon in Seattle. The award is given to the best science fiction paperback published for the first time in the United States.

My pick was Cherie Priest’s Lizzie Borden-meets-Lovecraft Maplecroft, but who am I to judge?

midwifeThe 2015 winner is Meg Elison’s The Book of the Unnamed Midwife.

A special citation was also given to Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett.

Science fiction pioneer Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the name James Tiptree, Jr.

Science fiction pioneer Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the name James Tiptree, Jr.

The James L. Tiptree, Jr. Literary Awards and the Tiptree Honors list were also announced this weekend.

Named after the pen name of the groundbreaking sci-fi author Alice B. Sheldon, the award was established in 1991 by authors Pat Murphy and Karen Joy Fowler to recognize science fiction and fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. Past winners include Caitlin R. Kiernan’s The Drowning Girl and one of my absolute favorites, Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow.

This year’s winners are:

The awards will be presented at WisCon over Memorial Day Weekend.

In addition, the following novels were selected for the Tiptree Honor List:

Congratulations to all the winners, and may these awards lead to further success and acclaim.

— Michael Senft

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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One Response to Amidst arguments over the Hugos, two other awards announced

  1. Rabindranauth says:

    Nice to see The Beauty being honoured! That novella was top notch. I’m surprised Maplecroft was even included in the PKD nominees in the first place; there’s nothing SF about it.

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