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Congrats to Andri Magnason, his fantasy novel LoveStar was awarded a special citation of excellence at the Philip K. Dick awards
April 3, 2013
The Philip K. Dick Award, for science fiction books originally published in paperback instead of hardcover, was awarded last Friday at the annual Norwescon conference and Andri Snær Maganson‘s LoveStar was given a special citation of excellence.
LoveStar was originally published in Iceland, and was named “Novel of the Year” by Icelandic booksellers and received the DV Literary Award and a nomination for the Icelandic Literary Prize.
“Lovestar is a dystopia for the information age. But unlike most dystopias, the LoveStar world is also shocking in its beauty.”—Ploughshares Literary Magazine
“Orwell, Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams are felt on every page, though Magnason is never derivative. His satire and insightful social commentary sweeten the pot and the sheer wackiness of Magnason’s oversized imagination is invigorating.”—Publishers Weekly
“Strange and refreshing—a lushly imagined future that reminded me of Vonnegut and Brautigan.”—Ed Park, author of Personal Days
Birdwaves, Time Traveling and Dream Harvesting: Contemporary Sci-Fi and Geek Culture featuring Andri Snaer Magnason
February 27, 2013
Andri Snaer Magnason, author of LoveStar and Philip K. Dick Award nominee, will be at Housing Works Wednesday, February 27th at 7pm to celebrate science fiction writing. Alongside Sean Ferrel (The Man in the Empty Suit, Soho Press February 2013) and Stephen H. Segal (Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture, Quirk Books 2011), Magnason will be discussing LoveStar and science-fiction writing. All the authors will be available for book signings.
In LoveStar, nominated for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award, he enigmatic and obsessively driven founder of the LoveStar corporation, has unlocked the key to transmitting data via birdwaves, thus freeing mankind from wires and devices, and allowing consumerism, technology, and science to run rampant over all aspects of daily life. Cordless modern men and women are paid to howl advertisements at unsuspecting passers-by, REGRET machines eliminate doubt over roads not taken, soul mates are identified and brought together (while existing, unscientifically validated relationships are driven remorselessly asunder), and rocketing the dead into the sky becomes both a status symbol and a beautiful, cathartic show for those left behind.
January 11, 2013
LoveStar by Andri Snær Magnason has been nominated for the annual Philip K. Dick Award, which is among the highest recognitions for literature in the science fiction genre authors can receive in the U.S.
LoveStar is nominated along with six other novels and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on March 29.
Originally published by Mál og menning in Iceland in 2002 the book was awarded both the DV Culture Prize and the Literature Prize of Bookstore Employees.
Check out the announcement on Iceland Review and take a look at the amazing review of LoveStar in the Village Voice. Want to know more about the man behind the book? Read this interview with Typographical Era to see what Andri has to say about writing and his inspirations!