2011 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced The judges of the 2011 Philip K. Dick Award and the Philadelphia SF Society, along with the Philip K. Dick Trust, are pleased to announce seven nominated works that comprise the final ballot for the award [which is awarded to the best SF book published as a paperback original]: A SOLDER'S DUTY by Jean Johnson (Ace Books) AFTER THE APOCALYPSE by Maureen F. McHugh (Small BeerPress) DEADLINE by Mira Grant (Orbit) THE COMPANY MAN by Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit) THE OTHER by Matthew Hughes (Underland Press) THE POSTMORTAL by Drew Magary (Penguin Books) THE SAMUIL PETROVITCH TRILOGY by Simon Morden (Orbit) I've only read one of the nominees and loved it (Deadline) so I'd be pleased to see that book receive the award. McHugh's collection is generating nothing but positive buzz on teh intarwebs Simon Mordern was nominated for three books, rather than one, much like Connie Willis was recently. I wonder if this is a new trend. I'll admit my initial bias against Jean Johnson's A Soldier's Duty because it was genre-switch novel for the author who is best known for paranormal romances. I have copy and will make an effort to read it before the awards are announced. I am VERY surprised that something like Leviathan Wakes, which has received a great deal of acclaim, didn't make the list. Any other thoughts?