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2007 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Call Arkady a clone with a conscience. Or call him a traitor. A member of the space-faring Syndicates, Arkady has defected to Israel with a hot commodity: a genetic weapon powerful enough to wipe out humanity. But Israel?s not buying it. They?re selling it, and Arkady, to the highest bidder. As the auction heats up, the Artificial Life Emancipation Front sends in Major Catherine Li. Drummed out of the Peacekeepers for executing Syndicate prisoners, Li has now literally hooked up with an AI who has lived many lifetimes and shunted through many bodies. But while they have their own conflicting loyalties to contend with, together they?re just one player in a mysterious high-stakes game.

2006 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Nasir Deepra, an executive in the 23rd century, is an Agonist, a group of men and women who've outlived their usefulness and are bored with life. So they use their ample wealth to run into war zones-many of them in orbit around the now polluted Earth-and film their daring activities. They have a huge fan-base who watch them on the Net too, and the Agonists revel in all of the attention. Nasir is also in love with a beautiful physical therapist Sheeba who hangs out with him because of his "multiplexed soul" and battered body, Nasir is 248 years old, kept young by nanotechnology that permeates every cell in his body. However when a war surf goes awry and the Agonists lose their first place position amongst other surfers, something drastic has to be done. So they decide to go to Heaven, a class 10 difficulty war zone, in order to get back on top. Nasir is extremely hesitant to go, as he is on the board of directors that controls Heaven and knows why it's a class 10. But Sheeba helps talk him into going and it is here that everything falls apart. Nasir and Sheeba are captured by workers who control Heaven. Nasir has to come to terms with what he and his corporation have been doing to the men, women and children onboard this satellite.

2005 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Life by Gwyneth Jones     Three Stars + Half Star
Anna, is a graduate student in the field of genetics. She struggles with many life changing events, not the least of which is her role as a women both in the family and scientific realm. These two roles seem to be in conflict as the age old question of career or family is addressed within a unique perspective of a life narrative.

2004 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person?s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or ?sleeve?) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats ?existence? as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning.

2003 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
A rider is talking to its mount, a human. The rider (the one who gives a ride) belongs to an alien race, the hoots, that landed human generations ago. Now the hoots keep humans as mounts, breeding them much as humans once bred horses. The very best mounts are imprinted as infants and train with their riders from childhood. Charley, one of the best, is destined to be the mount of The-future-supreme-ruler-of-us-all. When he is about 12, Wilds, renegade humans, come from the mountains on a raid and kill the hoots. Charley saves his Little Master, though, and becomes the only Wild with a hoot. Mount and rider learn a lot about freedom from the Wilds, and when the humans are ready to fight the rest of the hoots, the solution to a crisis is the unexpected result of Charley and the Little Master's relationship and their understanding of the truth about hoots and their mounts. A memorable alien-invasion scenario, a wild adventure, and a reflection on the dynamics of freedom and slavery.

2002 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Home to generations of humans, the starship Argonos has wandered aimlessly throughout the galaxy for hundreds of years, desperately searching for other signs of life. Now, a steady, unidentified transmission lures them toward a nearby planet, where the grisly remains of a former colony await the crew. Haunted by what they have seen, the crew has no choice but to follow when another signal beckons the Argonos into deep space and into the dark heart of an alien mystery...

2001 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Call him Stark. If you have to. If you're lucky, you won't call him at all. Because if you do, it means you've got trouble. Big trouble. And the problem is that before Stark is done fixing something, a whole lot of other things usually get broken. Like laws and lives, and anyone who gets in the way. It's that attitude that's earned him his latest assignment: finding a missing VIP named Fell Alkland. The authorities believe Alkland has been kidnapped. Stark doesn't. He hasn't stayed alive this long without learning the basics of survival in a world hurtling straight to hell, Things are always more complicated than they seem. And when a job seems too easy, that's when something really ugly is about to happen. For Fell Alkland is about to become Stark's worst nightmare, a nightmare where anything can happen at any time, where friends can become enemies in a heartbeat and your most secret fear a soul-screaming reality. And the worst of it is that for this nightmare you don't even have to be asleep.

2000 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Here, in luminous and vivid narratives spanning five million years, are the first Poole wormholes spanning the solar system; the conquest of Human planets by Squeem; GUTships that outrace light; the back-time invasion of the Qax: the mystery and legacy of the Xeelee, and their artefacts as large as small galaxies; photino birds and Dark Matter; and the Ring, where Ghost, Human, and Xeelee contemplate the awesome end of Time.

1999 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
There are 253 passengers on a seven car Tube train that is about to crash. Every person, along with their thoughts and actions on their brief train ride (and including footnotes explaining their direct and/or indirect relationships with other people on the train) has one page of the story told in 253 words, informing about secrets, loves, interests, and whatever else makes the passenger unique and ordinary.

1998 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Under the glare of three suns, three beings travel across an endless desert. They argue, whine, wheedle and needle each other. Sometimes they switch identities when the sandstorms roar in. As The Troika rolls on, we learn more about Alex, who started out as a man, then became cyborg, then jeep. About Naomi, a veteran soldier who woke up from her cryogenic storage tank to a new life, now a dinosaur. About Eva, who fled her native land to escape her fate as an organ-donor for the emperor. Fantasy? Surrealism? The desert landscape spins and alters as we look at the man behind the curtain: mad angel Dr. Mazer, testing a controversial therapy program at his isolated asylum. Science fiction after all?

1997 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
What if the time machine from H.G. Wells' classic novel of the same name had fallen into government hands? That's the question that led Stephen Baxter to create this modern-day sequel, which combines a basic Wellsian premise with a Baxteresque universe-spanning epic. The Time Traveller, driven by his failure to save Weena from the Morlocks, sets off again for the future. But this time the future has changed, altered by the very tale of the Traveller's previous journey.

1996 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Jack going through a management shake up at MDE, Monolithic Diversified Enterprises. Later on, after Jack suddenly finds himself in a sticky situation, the reader watches as Jack uses his cyberspace alter ego, MAX_KOOL, and an embarrassing way to interface with the internet, to do a hack job for a mysterious woman known only as Amber.

1995 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
An archaeological team working in a remote area of Turkey on what was believed to be a rather unremarkable prehistoric site came across what looked like a bit of jade embedded in the soil. Remarkable in its own right, further digging revealed that what was assumed to be a small piece was actually part of a much larger item that was not actually jade but some strange substance with extremely unusual optical properties. Of great interest the item was also extremely radioactive, many of those who discovered it dying quickly of radiation sickness. Obviously an item not of this Earth, with Turkey's permission the United States government removed it under heavy protection to a new research facility built just to study it, one set up on an old and largely abandoned Indian reservation near the quiet town of Two Rivers, Michigan, where a mysterious explosion somehow transports the entire population of the town into an alternate dimension.

1994 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
It's not that Matt Ronay is weightless; it's just that he lives on the Moon, and he has the ability to flow gracefully through the low gravity. There's a figurative weightless to the story as well, that of Ronay's life and decisions he faces growing up as an adolescent in lunar society. Ronay, a brilliant youth, takes a trip to distant city, acts in theatre and dreams of flight to far-off worlds. His father, a leader in lunar politics, doesn't always understand, though he may have had some of the same yearnings as his son.

1994 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
At once a biting satire and a taut, fast-paced thriller, Elvissey is the story of Isabel and John, a troubled couple who voyage from the year 2033 to a strangely altered 1954. They are on a desperate mission to kidnap the young Elvis Presley and bring him back to the present day to serve as a ready-made cult leader. He proves, however, to be a reluctant messiah, and things do not work out quite as planned.

1993 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Coming-of-age story set in a post-disaster USA, with good character detail and enough mystery to keep the pages turning.

1992 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
The story begins with Emily, a bratty but endearing girl of fifteen, poised on the edge of adulthood in the early 20th century. Emily knows she is special, set apart-and when she sees the faeries in the wood by her family's home, she knows she will never be satisfied with ordinary life. Emily makes a colossal mess of things, as bratty fifteen-year-olds will do, and sets in motion events that will affect generations to come. What follows is a fairy tale, but not precisely a tale of faeries; it's more of an exploration of the nature of reality and of myth, as seen through the eyes of Emily and two other women: Jessica, a glib-tongued teenager of the 1930s whose tall tales have an uncanny way of coming true; and Enye, a woman of the late 1980s, torn between everyday life and a battle with supernatural forces from the world beyond.

1991 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
A collection of short stories alternating between hope and despair, Pat Murphy's stories range from "Rachel in Love," which portrays a chimpanzee whose brain is implanted with the personality of a young girl who has died to "His Vegetable Wife," the story of a farmer who grows a spouse from a packet of seed only to find that she is more quiet than docile. In "Prescience," a fortune-teller learns that there's a difference between seeing the future and changing it.

1990 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Subterranean Gallery features a Californian artistic underground. Alienated artists run rampant in a dark, bleak, depressing view of the near future. Increasingly meaningless lives in a violent, corrupt, and poverty-stricken world.

1989 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Dorothy Yoshida is a telepath, and really a rather good one, at that. A scientist on top of that she is sent to investigate a small planet that appears to be more than what it seems. They suspect it of being artificially altered, but they only life they know about on the surface is not that far advanced from the animal. Mankind hopes to find something to help in the war they are fighting against aliens. When Dorothy arrives, she finds something very surprising indeed.

1988 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Narrated through a child's eyes initially, it takes you back to the time when magic was real. Later it becomes a little more conventional, charting the development of Pet into a young woman.

1987 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Darkly atmospheric, Homunculus weaves together the stories of Narbondo, a mad hunchback who works tirelessly to bring the dead back to life, of the members of the Trismegistus Club, a surly group of scientists and philosophers who meet at Captain Powers' Pipe Shop, and of the homunculus, a tiny man whose powers can drive men to murder.

1986 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Post holocaust LA in which Greg Rivas is bent on rescuing an old flame from the clutches of a religious cult, and the subsequent confrontation with the entity behind it.

1985 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business cruising the information superhighway, jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance, and a cure, for a price. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

1984 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
The colonization of Egypt by western European powers is the launch point for power plays and machinations. Steeping together in this time-warp stew are such characters as an unassuming Coleridge scholar, ancient gods, wizards, the Knights Templar, werewolves, and other quasi-mortals, all wrapped in the organizing fabric of Egyptian mythology. In the best of fantasy traditions, the reluctant heroes fight for survival against an evil that lurks beneath the surface of their everyday lives.

1983 Philip K. Dick Award Winner
A short, whacky cyberpunk tale. It was Cobb Anderson who built the boppers, the first robots with real brains. Now, in 2020, Cobb is just another aged pheezer with a bad heart, drinking and grooving an the old tunes in Florida retirement hell. His bops have came a long way, though, rebelling against their subjugation to set up their own society an the moon. And now they're offering creator Cobb immortality but at a stiff price: his body his soul... and his world.

 
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