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Philip K. Dick Award: Mark Hodder's The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne in)This past Friday evening at Norwescon 34, Mark Hodder's The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack won the prestigious 2010 Philip K. Dick Award. 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 and the award ceremony is sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society. 

Pyr Editorial Director Lou Anders was on hand to read a selection from the novel, and to accept on Mark's behalf. Here is my (Lou's)very brief/off the cuff acceptance speech, which begins 5 minutes, 51 seconds in. (Before that, a moving acceptance speech for the Special Citation winner, HARMONY by Project Itoh, written by the late author's father).

Mark Hodder , awake at 5am in Spain, was able to listen to a live feed of the ceremony. His reaction:

"OMG OMG OMG! Are you kidding me!!!!

Cannot believe it!

Seriously, I'm dumbstruck … And over the moon!!!"
Here is the full ceremony.  I (Lou Anders) read the excerpt at 27 minutes, 20 seconds in and accept at 50 minutes, 20 seconds in.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations Mark Hodder and Pyr!

    I'm a big fan of the Burton & Swinburne series.