Alison Stine’s Road Out of Winter Wins the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award

Over the weekend, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society announced the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award during this year’s virtual Norwescon 43: Road Out of Winter by Alison Stine, with a special citation given to M.R. Carey for The Book of Koli.

The award is handed out annually by the PSFS in support of the Philip K. Dick Trust “for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States.”

Stine’s Road Out of Winter came out last September, and is a post-apocalyptic thriller about a woman named Wylodine who’s been growing marijuana on her family farm. When her crops begin to fail, she flees to Ohio in the midst of a harsh winter to start over, encountering a violent cult and its volatile leader who want her for her particular abilities: She can make things grow, something valuable in the midst of a changing climate.

The society announced nominees for the award earlier this year, which included Failed State by Christopher Brown, The Book of Koli by M. R. Carey, Dance on Saturday by Elwin Cotman, Bone Silence by Alastair Reynolds, Road Out of Winter by Alison Stine, and The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky. This year’s awards were judged by F. Brett Cox, Brendan A. DuBois, Cynthia Felice, Tim Pratt, and Jessica Reisman (Chair).

Prior winners of the award include William Gibson’s Neuromancer, Ian McDonald’s King of Morning, Queen of Day, Carol Emshwiller’s The Mount, Ramez Naam’s Apex), and Carrie Vaughn’s Bannerless. Last year’s winner was Sarah Pinsker, for her short fiction collection Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea.


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