Book Awards

SPECIMEN 959 by Robert Davies Wins Silver Medal for Best Science Fiction in 2018 IPPY Awards

Specimen_959_Cover_01_MetallicBHC Press is pleased to announce SPECIMEN 959 by Robert Davies has won the silver medal for Best Science Fiction in the 22nd Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Launched in 1996 and conducted each year to honor the year’s best independently published books, the “IPPY” Awards recognize merit in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who “take chances and break new ground.” This year’s contest drew 4,500 entries, and medals will go to authors and publishers from 43 U.S. states, 6 Canadian provinces, and 12 countries overseas.

IPPY medal-winning books will be celebrated on May 29th during the annual BookExpo publishing convention in New York, with gold, silver and bronze IPPY medallions awarded in 83 national, 24 regional, and 11 e-book categories.

The complete list of finalists can be found at:

“Two words can describe this year’s IPPY medal-winning books – compassion and action,” says Jim Barnes, director of the Awards. “In both the compelling storytelling of the fiction and the solution-based information of the non-fiction, independent publishing is all about passion for people and their causes, and dedication to sharing their stories with a world of readers.”

“Two of our novels earned IPPY Awards this year, and we’re over the moon SPECIMEN 959 won the silver!” stated Joni Firestone, founder/publisher of BHC Press. “Mr. Davies is a welcome new voice in the science fiction genre. It’s truly an honor to have his debut novel recognized in the industry.”

SPECIMEN 959 (book one in The Specimen Chronicles) accounts the last space run of Darrien Norris, an engineer who is thrust into an alien horror when his shuttle is thrown off course. Published by BHC Press under their Indigo imprint. Available in trade softcover (978-1-946006-68-4, $18.95, 472 pages), and ebook ($6.99).

About Robert Davies: Robert Davies is a born-and-raised Michigan kid with an overactive imagination and love of literature. A Navy veteran, musician, private pilot and erstwhile traveler, he crossed oceans and countless borders to find and understand Earth, only to leave it behind in the pages of his first novel. He currently resides in southwest Washington with his wife Stephanie, daughter Natalie and two mildly overbearing female tabbies.

About BHC Press: BHC Press is an alternative hybrid publisher of general fiction and nonfiction hardcover, softcover, and ebooks for both YA and adults. To learn more about Robert Davies and BHC Press, visit the publisher’s website.

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