Every year, the Philip K. Dick Award recognizes the science fiction books that come out straight to paperback, instead of getting a fancy hardcover release first. These are often under-appreciated gems that deserved more fanfare. And the six finalists for 2014 are definitely great picks.

Here are the six best paperback originals of last year, according to the Philip K. Dick Awards jury:

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The winner will be announced on April 3 at Norwescon 38 in Seattle. [via SFSignal]

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