The Philip K. Dick Award, sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, is given to the best original paperback published each year in the United States. Here are the nominees for 2006. Who do you think will win?

Recursion

Tony Ballantyne

It is the twenty-third century. Herb, a young entrepreneur, returns to the isolated planet on which he has illegally been trying to build a city - and finds it destroyed. A nearly hopeless battle in the farthest reaches of the universe against enemy machines twice as fast, and twice as deadly, as his own – in the company of a disarmingly confident AI who may not be exactly what he claims.

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Carnival

Elizabeth Bear

Following a childhood of poverty and petty crime in the slums of London, William Thornhill is sentenced in 1806 to be transported to New South Wales. With his wife and children, he arrives in a harsh land to a life that feels like a death sentence. But among the convicts there is a whisper - that freedom can be bought.

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Idolon

Mark Budz

In a world where image is everything, where the past is more real than the present, the rich can reprogram everything–and cast themselves in the starring roles. Everyone else is nothing but an extra - including test subject Pelayo, his cousin Marta, and Nadice - in a diabolical plan to deliver humanity kicking and screaming into a frightening new age of information.

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Mindscape

Andrea Hairston

Mindscape takes us to a future in which the world itself has been literally divided by the Barrier, a phenomenon that will not be ignored. For 115 years this extraterrestrial, epi-dimensional entity has divided the earth into warring zones. Although a treaty to end the interzonal wars has been hammered out, power-hungry politicians, gangsters, and spiritual fundamentalists are determined to thwart it.

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Catalyst

Nina Kiriki Hoffman

A boy, fleeing a bullying classmate, inadvertently makes first contact with a race of aliens who live beneath the surface of his planet. The book has eerie psychological undercurrents and tells an emotionally compelling and surprisingly sensual story.

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Living Next Door To the God of Love

Justina Robson

Where do you run when a world is out to get you? AIs, forged beings, superheroes, angels, and worlds that change in the blink of an eye - here is a richly imagined tale of ordinary redemption in an extraordinary world.

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