Over the past month, in sharing with you the amazing contributions that Science Fiction novels and movies have made on our culture, I’ve mentioned certain awards. For a list of awards (last updated in 2007,) check out the Science Fiction Awards Watch website.

Many of the awards were named for men who have been innovators of the Speculative Fiction genre and all of its sub-genres. As you browse the list, you may recognize a name or two (or more if you’re a SpecFic fan).

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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One of those awards, the Philip K. Dick Award, was named for the author who wrote such amazing stories as “Second Variety” (the story that the movie Screamers was based on), Wholesale”, which was the basis for the movie Total Recall; and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, which the cult classic movie Blade Runner” was based on.

The reason I mention awards, is that at least four to five months before the award weekend, the nominations are announced. This is a great way to find speculative fiction authors that you may never have heard of. And you’ll know that these books are at the top of their game. Here is the list of nominees for the PKD Award. The winner will be announced on April 6th 2012.

For those of you that read my blog and have never really read SpecFic before, this is a great list to start with. And to prove it, I’m having a contest. Anyone that correctly guesses the winner of the PKD award will win a $25 Amazon gift card. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post no later than 11:59 Monday April 2 with the name of the author you think will win. I will announce the winner on my April 10th blog. If no one correctly guesses the winner, then I will pull a name out of a hat. But you have to comment to be entered to win.

So pick up a new book, give it a whirl and vote. You too could be a winner!

*PKD Award list provided by Locus Online.

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