Annal: 1982 Philip K. Dick Award

Results of the Philip K. Dick Award in the year 1982.

Book:Software

Software

Rudy Rucker

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.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 on the old tunes in Florida retirement hell. His “bops” have come a long way, though, rebelling against their subjugation to set up their own society on the moon. And now theyre offering creator Cobb immortality, but at a stiff price: his body, his soul…and his world.

Book:The Prometheus Man

The Prometheus Man

Ray Faraday Nelson

Book:Aurelia

Aurelia

R.A. Lafferty

Book:Roderick

Roderick

John Sladek

Roderick is a robot pursued by authorities for having been illicitly conceived. He is on the road and growing up in a mad, morally bankrupt world.

Book:The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry

The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry

Steve Rasnic Tem

Book:Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians

J.M. Coetzee

For decades the Magistrate has been a loyal servant of the Empire, running the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement and ignoring the impending war with the barbarians. When interrogation experts arrive, however, he witnesses the Empire’s cruel and unjust treatment of prisoners of war. Jolted into sympathy for their victims, he commits a quixotic act of rebellion that brands him an enemy of the state.

J. M. Coetzee’s prize-winning novel is a startling allegory of the war between opressor and opressed. The Magistrate is not simply a man living through a crisis of conscience in an obscure place in remote times; his situation is that of all men living in unbearable complicity with regimes that ignore justice and decency.

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