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As a 2016 Philip K Dick Award judge, I had access to the master list of Finalists and Winners going back to 1983, when the award was inaugurated.

When Storybundle agreed  to do a Philip K Dick Award Storybundle comprised of past Finalists and Winners, I researched the authors on that list.

I chose these authors because they meet the following criteria:

  1. They’re not dead (that’s a joke);
  2. They have an ebook of their Philip K Dick Award Finalist or Winner;
  3. They and their publishers were technically able (in a publishing sense) to participate in StoryBundle’s DRM-free environment.

You would be surprised how many authors going back to 1983 couldn’t meet those simple criteria, including the first.

I’m delighted and thankful for this list. I’ve read all of the authors’ works, often first their magazine stories and then their books, and met several of the authors at conventions and parties. This is a valuable addition to my elibrary, as I know it will be to yours.

I truly encourage you to enjoy these wonderful books as much as I do.

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).

The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only until October 15. That’s a week away, so you must act now! Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

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I’m a huge fan of interviews. Show me a print or online magazine with an interview of a personality who has a book, movie, or political platform to sell, I’m all eyes.

Why? I’m always curious to see how that personality spins whatever she or he is selling, what language is used, what insights are made, what personal details are revealed, and how that feeds the promotion, how effective the feed is.

Let’s face it. We’ve been spinning ourselves since the days when a clever personality leaked the version of the news she or he wanted the neighbors to know to the village gossip. Take it away, village gossip!

Herewith, some links to interviews with the Award-winning Authors in The Philip K. Dick Storybundle. I’m not even going to try paraphrasing anything. You must click on the link and savor the full glory of the author’s words.

First up, Elizabeth Hand, author of Aestival Tide, has the cover interview in the prestigious Locus Magazine at http://locusmag.com/. Actually, Liz’s interview is in the October 2015 print magazine, but the online version often offers a partial. So go there and check it out.

Kathe Koja, author of The Cipher, has a dynamite video interview with the Lovecraft Ezine panel about writing, authors and their reputations, inspiration, and encouragement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07sXBJlvidc
And be sure to check out Kathe’s interview with Jeff VanderMeer about The Cipher and weird fiction at http://weirdfictionreview.com/2012/05/interview-kathe-koja-and-the-weird/.

For the interview of Walter Jon Williams, author of Knight Moves, with Lightspeed, an award-winning online magazine, go to http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/feature-interview-walter-jon-williams/

Finally, I’ve got some interviews I’ve posted on The Official Website of Lisa Mason:
Lisa Mason’s Interview with Festivale at http://www.lisamason.com/festivaleinterview.html
Five Questions with Castles in the Sky at http://www.lisamason.com/castlesinthesky.html
Lisa Mason Talks about Writing with Ryan Schneider, Chat 1 at http://www.lisamason.com/chatwithryan1.html
Lisa Mason Talks about Writing with Ryan Schneider, Chat 2 at http://www.lisamason.com/chatwithryan2.html
Lit World Interview with Ronovan at http://www.lisamason.com/worldlitinterview.html
I’ve got an interview with Locus Magazine that coincided with the launch of Summer of Love but, to be honest, my elves haven’t keyed it in yet. We may get to it before the bundle is over and maybe not. The interview is in Issue # 400. Check out http://locusmag.com/ to see if they’ve got back issues online yet.

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).

The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only until October 15. But you must act now! Once it’s gone, it’s gone! Download yours today at http://storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

A writer-acquaintance who was acting as the Curator of a Storybundle earlier this year invited me to participate in his bundle.

I gladly did. I had heard about Storybundle.com and all the good things the website does for readers and authors alike but I didn’t know how to get involved. Now I did. You have to be invited by a curator.

I love the Storybundle website, how they’ve set things up and their commitment to all things writing. Storybundle is a major player in the new independent publishing revolution and works well with readers’ passion for ebooks.

After the first bundle was done, and performed well, I began communicating with Storybundle, letting them know that I’m publishing two stories in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction this year and serving as a judge for the 2016 The Philip K Dick Award.

Storybundle, ever alert for new bundle opportunities, was curious about my role as a judge. We’re slowly working out the details of how I may curate a 2016 Philip K Dick Award Storybundle next year. There are numerous logistical publishing hurdles to overcome. I frankly don’t know if that bundle will be feasible.

In the meantime, as a PKD Award judge, I acquired the master list of Finalists and Winners going back to 1983, when the award was inaugurated. I became excited that a great high concept for a bundle would be a Philip K Dick Award Storybundle comprised of PKD Finalists and Winners. Even better, I was familiar with most of the authors on the master list. I’d read their stories and books before I got published myself and looked up to them. They are big names to me.

Storybundle said yes! There were logistical publishing hurdles to overcome with this bundle, too, and I’ve worked very hard as a Curator to make The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle a reality.

And what a reality it is! Over 3,000 readers in the first eleven days, with eleven days to go.

So there you have it, my friends! The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).

The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only until October 15. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

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The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust. The award ceremony is sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society.

The award was inaugurated in 1983 after the untimely death of Philip K. Dick on March 2, 1982 of a stroke at the age of fifty-three. Thomas Disch (the author, now deceased), David G. Hartwell (the editor and anthologist), Paul S. Williams (Dick’s longtime friend and a music journalist), and Charles N. Brown (the founder and publisher of Locus Magazine, also deceased) helped found the award.

The current administrators are Patrick Lo Brutto (an editor), John Silbersack (a literary agent), and Gordon Van Gelder (the publisher of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction).

Dick’s forty-four novels were published as paperback originals. Given the implosion of New York publishing over the past twenty years, many SF/F books of excellent quality have been, and are now, published as paperback originals, trade or mass market.

Personally, I love trade paperbacks. Trades are more substantial than mass market paperbacks and often have the collectible quality of hardcovers.

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).

The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only until October 15. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

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Walter Jon Williams is the author of Knight Moves, which you’ll find in The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle.

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Walter has been writing a blog for years and has a lot of observations about the craft of writing and the perils of a writing career.

Thought-provoking and insightful, with his trademarked humor, here Walter discusses what the superstar success of the Beatles can teach writers about crafting a writing career. http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2014/02/lessons-for-writers-the-fab-four/. If you’re a writer or simply curious about writing, you must check this out!

You’ll hear much more about Walter and Knight Moves next week.

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).

The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only until October 15. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://www.storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

Life by Gwyneth Jones is a richly textured fictional biography of the brilliant Anna Senoz, a scientist who makes a momentous discovery about the X and Y chromosomes. Anna’s discovery provokes widespread sexual rage and cruelly impacts her career, her marriage, and her child. Ultimately, Anna faces a challenge that the practice of science alone cannot meet.

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Gwyneth Jones, born in Manchester UK, 14th February 1952, is the author of many novels for teenagers, fantasy, horror and thrillers, using the name Ann Halam, and several highly regarded SF and fantasy novels for adults. Her critical essays and reviews are collected in Deconstructing The Starships, 1999 and Imagination/Space 2009. Among other honours she’s won two World Fantasy awards, the Children of the Night award, the Philip K Dick award, the BSFA award and the Pilgrim award for Science Fiction criticism. Several of her novels have been nominated for the Arthur C Clarke award, the latest being Spirit, 2009; she won the award for Bold As Love in 2002. She lives in Brighton, UK, with her husband and son, some goldfish and two cats called Ginger and Milo; likes old movies, practices yoga & has done some extreme tourism in her time. Hobbies include gardening, cooking, staring out of the window, and playing zelda.

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).

The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only until October 15. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.