It seems that there have been a number of Award related events happening over the Easter weekend. Not only has the Philip K Dick award winner been announced but also the British Science Fiction Awards have been presented and this years Hugo's shortlisted.

The winner of the 2013 Philip K Dick award is Brian Francis Slattery for his post-apocalyptic tale Lost Everything (another book to add to the "must read list"). I am delighted to announce that the winner of the BSFA award for best novel goes to none other than Adam Roberts for Jack Glass - a very well deserved win and a highly rewarding read. Considering the competition the novel was up against (Kim Stanley Robinson, Chris Beckett, M. John Harrison and Ken Macleod) it can't been an easy decision.

The Hugo award shortlist seems a bit light-weight this year, distinctly lacking some of the novels that should have been major contenders (such as Alastair Reynolds and Lavie Tidhar). The shortlist is comprised thus:

For what it's worth I can see it being a close fought contest between Redshirts and 2312, we will find out the winner at the 71st annual Worldcon which this year is being held in San Antonio, Texas between the 29th August and the 2nd September.