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Claudia Casper wins Philip K. Dick Award for The Mercy Journals

The prize recognizes distinguished science fiction originally published in paperback in the United States.
The Mercy Journals is Claudia Casper's third novel. (claudiacasper.com/Arsenal Pulp Press)

Claudia Casper has won the 2017 Philip K. Dick Award for her novel The Mercy Journals. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, the Philip K. Dick Award recognizes distinguished science fiction originally published in paperback in the United States.

The Mercy Journals, which is Casper's third novel, is set in 2047 and foreshadows a dark future in the wake of a climate change catastrophe. The story examines human nature through a soldier's healing process as he comes to terms with his past.

Unpronounceable by Susan diRende received a special mention this year. Last year's winner was Ramez Naam for Apex.

Casper is the first Canadian woman, and fourth Canadian overall, to win the award. The previous Canadian winners are William Gibson, who won in 1984 for Neuromancer; Robert Charles Wilson, who won in 1994 for Mysterium; and Geoff Ryman, who won in 1998 for 253: The Print Remix.

The judges for this year's award were Brenda Clough, Meg Elison, Lee Konstantinou and Ben Winters. The chair was Michael Armstrong.

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