Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Philip K Dick Award

The sf writer Philip K Dick (1928-1992) (> SFE) published many of his best novels as paperback originals. It was to honour him, and to recognize the fact that many of the best sf and fantasy novels continue to originate as paperbacks, that Thomas M Disch suggested the creation of an annual PKDA, with the active participation of Charles N Brown (1937-    ), editor of Locus, and David G Hartwell. After a period, A J Budrys (1931-    ) and Hartwell succeeded Disch as administrators; other writers and editors have also helped run proceedings. The award – given through the Philadelphia SF Society – comes with a cash prize of $1000; the runner-up receives $500. The award is given each March for the best paperback novel published during the previous year. [JC]


  • 1983: Software by Rudy Rucker.
  • 1984: The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers.
  • 1985: Neuromancer by William Gibson.
  • 1986: Dinner at Deviant's Palace by Tim Powers.
  • 1987: Homunculus by James P Blaylock.
  • 1988: Strange Toys by Patricia Geary.
  • 1989: Four Hundred Billion Stars by Paul J McAuley and Wetware by Rudy Rucker.
  • 1990: Subterranean Gallery by Richard Paul Russo.
  • 1991: Points of Departure by Pat Murphy.
  • 1992: King of Morning, Queen of Day by Ian McDonald.
  • 1993: Through the Heart by Richard Grant.
  • 1994: Growing Up Weightless by John M Ford and Elvissey by Jack Womack.
  • 1995: Mysterium by Robert Charles Wilson.
  • 1996: Headcrash by Bruce Bethke.


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.