Annal: 1990 Arthur C. Clarke Award

Results of the Arthur C. Clarke Award in the year 1990.

Book:The Child Garden

The Child Garden

Geoff Ryman

London has flooded. Britain is tropical. And people photosynthesize.

In a semi-tropical London, surrounded by paddyfields, the people photosynthesize. The Consensus, a vast DNA unit, controls the country. Children are raised in Child Gardens and educated by virus. Viruses control their behaviour; nonconformism is treated by the Consensus. Information, culture, law and politics are now biological functions.

This is the story of Lucy, the immortal tumor, Joseph the Postman, whose mind is an information storehouse for others, and Milena, an incredible musician who has a secret, lost even to herself. She is resistant to viruses. It makes her alienated in an enclosing world. It will make her one of the most extraordinary women of her age. The secret is lost in memory. It is hidden somewhere—in the Child Garden.

Book:A Child Across the Sky

A Child Across the Sky

Jonathan Carroll

After his best friend’s suicide, a film director gets a glimpse into the beyond.

Like many young men before them, Weber and Philip went to Hollywood to make their fortune. Weber became one of the most respected directors of his generation, but Philip’s talent went unnoticed until he found his calling making horror pictures, a genre in which his gruesome imagination could shine. But everything changes one morning when he calls his old friend Weber to say hello, then kills himself only an hour later. 

From Philip, Weber inherits a box of three videotapes. The first tape begins with Philip, warning Weber of challenges ahead, mysterious things he couldn’t handle but believes that Weber can. Then Weber sees something unbelievable: a first-person view of his mother’s last minutes alive before a plane crash took her life in 1960. Weber watches her settle into her airplane seat…[more]

Book:Desolation Road

Desolation Road

Ian McDonald

It all began 30 years ago on Mars, with a greenperson, but by the time it all finished, the town of Desolation Road had experienced every concievable abnormality from Adam Black’s Wonderful Travelling Chataqua to the Astounding Tatterdemalion Air Bazaar.

Book:Ivory

Ivory: A Legend of Past and Future

Mike Resnick

Duncan Rojas, a researcher, is hired by the mysterious Bukoba Mandaka to find pair of elephant tusks that have been missing for more than three thousand years and moved from planet to planet.

Book:A Mask for the General

A Mask for the General

Lisa Goldstein

Book:Neverness

Neverness

David Zindell

The universe of Neverness is intriguingly complex. filled with extraordinary beings. There are the Alaloi, who have chosen to return to the Neanderthal state…the Order of Pilots which reworks the laws of time and physics to catapult its members through dense regions of ‘thickspace’…the Solid State Entity, a vast brain made up of moon-sized biocomputers…and the leldra, a legendary race of aliens that seeded the galaxy aeons ago with its DNA and so began the evolutionary cycle.

Against this rich backdrop unfolds the story of young, headstrong Mallory Ringess, a novitiate of the Order of Pilots. Against all odds he has penetrated the Solid State Entity - and made a stunning discovery. A discovery that could unlock the secret of immortality hidden among the Alaloi…

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