APEX Wins the Philip K. Dick Award!

PKD Award

Tonight, in Seattle, I was in the crowd when my novel Apex won the Philip. K Dick Award.


Apex is the third and final book of the Nexus Trilogy. Those books have now collectively won the Prometheus Award, the Endeavor Award, been listed on NPR’s list of Best Books of the Year, and been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Kitchies Golden Tentacle Award. They also earned me a nomination for the Campbell Award for Best New Author in 2014.

To say I’m pleased would be an understatement.  The PKD is a juried award, meaning that a panel of 5 judges picked Apex as the most deserving paperback-original science fiction novel of the year, out of the more than 100 titles that were submitted.

I’m also pleased because Philip K. Dick wrote about topics that I care about: Identity, memory, surveillance, the inner workings of the mind and the structure of society. Those are the very same topics I tried to touch on in the Nexus books.

My fellow nominees (Marguerite Reed, Adam Rakunas, PJ Manney, Douglas Lain, and Brenda Cooper) are all awesome. Brenda was one of the first professional writers to take the time to read Nexus and to give me advice and encouragement on publishing. PJ and Adam are both old friends. And I look forward to becoming friends with Marguerite and Doug.

The six of us teamed up to give away copies of all six finalist books. It’s too late to enter that giveaway (almost 4,000 people did), but you can still visit the site to learn more about all six books.

Here’s all of us hanging out before the award.

PKD Nominees - Black and White

Thank you everyone who helped make Apex and the Nexus books great, including Molly (who read every page of each of those books, usually on the day I wrote it), my agent Lucienne Diver, my editor Lee Harris and publisher Marc Gascoigne, the almost 60 beta readers who read one or more drafts of those three books (sometimes many more than one draft) and gave feedback to make them better, and especially the fans who bought them, shared them, and told everyone else to go read them.

Onward and upward.

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Win Copies of All Six Philip K. Dick Award Finalists

I’m up for the Philip K. Dick Award, which pleases me to no end, since Dick wrote some excellent, mind-bending, ground-breaking sci-fi about the nature of memory, identity, and much else.

It also pleases me to no end that, on most sci-fi award slates, the authors are much more supportive of each other than competitive. This one is no exception. And so the six of us finalists (Marguerite Reed, Adam Rakunas, PJ Manney, Douglas Lain, Brenda Cooper, and myself) have banded together to create a giveaway. Six lucky winners will each win a copy of all of the books that made the final list.

You can enter the giveaway here: http://pkdnominees.xyz/

PKD Award Covers


Nexus and Cory Doctorow’s Homeland Tie for the Prometheus Award

My novel Nexus and Cory Doctorow’s novel Homeland have tied for the Prometheus Award! The award is given to the best pro-freedom science fiction novel of the year.

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I love the Prometheus Award because it’s focused on a particular criteria: Science fiction novels that both examine and advocate for freedom.

I wrote Nexus and Crux to explore the potential of neuroscience to link together and improve upon human minds. But I also wrote them to explore the roles of censorship, surveillance, prohibition, and extra-legal state use of force in a future not far from our own. – where the War on Terror and the War on Drugs have run smack into new technologies that could improve people’s lives, or which we can treat as threats.

Science and technology can be used to lift people up or to trod them underfoot. Making those abstract future possibilities real in the present is a core goal in my novels. I’m glad the selection committee saw that, and I’m very grateful to them for this award!

I also love that, while the award is given out by the Libertarian Futurist Society, the committee is extremely evenhanded in who they’ve awarded it to. Looking over the award’s history, it’s gone to roughly as many socialists as libertarians and largely to people who are neither. The common theme is science fiction that advocates for human liberty.

Finally, it’s a huge honor for me to share the award with Cory. As a novelist, a blogger, a columnist, and a speaker, he’s one of the most articulate voices for civil liberties in the digital age that we have. And he’s also been quite generous to me in reading and reviewing Nexus and Crux. I was really delighted just to be on the same shortlist.

From this year’s press release:

Doctorow, Naam tie for Best Novel

There was a tie for Best Novel: The winners are Homeland (TOR Books) by Cory Doctorow and Nexus (Angry Robot Books) by Ramez Naam.

Homeland, the sequel to Doctorow’s Prometheus winner Little Brother, follows the continuing adventures of a government-brutalized young leader of a movement of tech-savvy hackers who must decide whether to release an incendiary Wikileaks-style exposé of massive government abuse and corruption as part of a struggle against the invasive national-security state.

Nexus offers a gripping exploration of politics and new extremes of both freedom and tyranny in a near future where emerging technology opens up unprecedented possibilities for mind control or personal liberation and interpersonal connection.

The other Prometheus finalists for best pro-freedom novel of 2013 were Sarah Hoyt’s A Few Good Men (Baen Books); Naam’s Crux, the sequel to Nexus (both from Angry Robot Books); and Marcus Sakey’s Brilliance (Thomas & Mercer).

You can read the whole thing here.

Nominated for the Campbell, Clarke, Prometheus, and Kitschie!

I’m up for some awards, and on those lists with some fantastic people.

1) The Campbell Award

On Saturday the finalists for the Hugo Awards and Campbell Award for 2014 were announced.

So now I can reveal that I’m a finalist for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer.  I’m incredibly honored to be on that list, along with my friend Wes Chu, and fellow authors (and new friends) Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Sofia Samatar, and Max Gladstone.

This is an awesome list of new voices in science fiction and fantasy. Whoever wins in August, I’ll be cheering, and delighted to have been among them.

For me, this is the capstone of a few incredible months of recognition.

2) The Clarke Award

Nexus is a finalist for the 2014 Arthur C. Clarke Award. Out of 121 books submitted, Nexus was one of the 6 finalists picked, along with God’s War by Kameron Hurley (whose awesome, Hugo-nominated essay We Have Always Fought you should also read), The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann, The Adjacent by Christopher Priest, The Machine by James Smythe, and of course, Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (the novel that has been on almost every award shortlist).

This is an award that’s previously gone to Margaret Atwood, Jeff Noon, Bruce Sterling, China Miéville, Neal Stephenson, Ian Macleod, Richard Morgan, and Lauren Beukes. Being on the shortlist for this year is utterly amazing.

And this year, three of the six finalists are debut novels, a fact I think is both remarkable and wonderful.

3) The Golden Tentacle (the Kitschie Award for Best Debut Novel)

Nexus was also a finalist for this year’s  Golden Tentacle Kitschie Award for the most ‘progressive, intelligent, and entertaining’ debut novel in science-fiction and fantasy. The Kitschies were announced already, and the wonderful Ann Leckie won for Ancillary Justice. You can watch her acceptance speech here.

Also on the short list was A Calculated Life by the fabulous Anne Charnock (who I’ve just met and immediately clicked with), a novel that explores similar themes to Nexus in a very different way; Stray by Monica Hesse; and the much-lauded Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

4) The Prometheus Award

Amazingly, both Nexus and Crux are on the shortlist for the 2014 Prometheus Award. They’re up against Cory Doctorow’s Homeland, Sarah Hoyt’s A Few Good Men, and Marcus Slakey’s BrillianceThe Prometheus Award honors books that celebrate liberty, and in that respect, it’s a huge honor to be on the same ballot as Cory Doctorow, who’s a non-stop champion of individual rights, and who’s been a huge booster for Nexus and Crux.

5) An NPR Best Book of the Year

Finally, while not an award per-se, it was awesome to see Nexus named as one of NPR’s Best Books of the Year

So that’s 6 placements on 4 awards shortlists and one prominent best-of list. It’s an incredible honor.

I have no idea if I’ll win any of these, but the recognition is…amazing. It’s more than I hoped for, particularly as a debut novelist, writing stories outside the traditional norm of science fiction.

Perhaps the best thing is that I’m on those ballots with friends, with authors I’ve read and admire (and who’ve been incredibly kind to me), and with the most celebrated and innovative up-and-coming authors in the field. Indeed, many of the people on those lists are becoming friends, as we speak. It’s a privilege to share the recognition with them all. With you all.

As the winners of the rest of these awards (and the large number of Hugo Awards) are announced, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be cheering on friends and people I admire. That’s a great feeling.


p.s. – There’s a fair bit of controversy around the Hugo Awards this year.  On that topic, Kameron Hurley brings exactly the right perspective.

Nexus: One of NPR’s Best Books of 2013!

I'm delighted to find that NPR has named Nexus as one of their Best Books of 2013.   It's on both the Science Fiction / Fantasy list and the Mystery / Thriller list.  On the SFF list it's up there with books by some of my favorite authors, including Charlie Stross, Neil Gaiman, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Lauren Beukes.

Tons of great books to look through here for your holiday shopping!