The 2007 Philip K. Dick Award nominees, for "distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States," have been announced: Jon Armstrong's Grey, Elizabeth Bear's Undertow, Minister Faust's From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain, M. John Harrison's Nova Swing, Adam Roberts' Gradisil, Karen Traviss' Ally, and Sean Williams' Saturn Returns.
Contacted by Amazon, Bear said, "I was totally surprised...there's been so little buzz over Undertow that I was pretty sure nobody on Earth had read it. It's absolutely a thrill. Writing is a broadcast medium, in some ways--we have no idea what people think when they read our stuff. Just knowing somebody out there thought it was a worthwhile book...makes me feel less like I'm killing trees for no good reason except to feed my own ego (there should be an emoticon here, but it would be a complicated one comprised of chagrin, self-mockery, and sheer excitement)."
While Bear received her first nomination last year, for Carnival (which received a Special Citation from the judges), Harrison's first nomination came back in 1984 for the now-classic In Viriconium. Harrison was also surprised, but believes "Nova Swing is in the Phil Dick tradition." The reception of the novel in the United States has been good, while "winning the Arthur C. Clarke Award helped in the UK. Currently, Harrison is working on a new novel.
The judges for the 2007 award are Steve Miller, Chris Moriarity, Steven Piziks, Randy Schroeder, and Ann Tonsor Zeddies. The winner and any special citations will be announced at Norwescon on March 21. - Jeff