Results of the Philip K. Dick Award in the year 1990.
Points of Departure is a collection of short stories tinged with barbed humor that won the 1991 Philip K. Dick Award. 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. All but one of the 19 stories in this collection have been published previously in magazines and anthologies.
The eclectic group of settlers—hackers, tourists, members of the Church of Elvis—on Clarke County, mankind’s first orbiting space colony, all desire freedom, and will get it at any cost.
Elizabeth Hand’s darkly sensual debut novel took the science fiction and general reading public by storm and now, seven years later, it is available again in a handsome trade paperback edition. Heralded as a considerable stylistic and imaginative accomplishment, as noteworthy in its way as Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, by People magazine, Winterlong explores the disturbing remains of humanity irrevocably altered by genetic engineering run amok.
Amid the ruins of a once great city, a girl and her beautiful long-lost twin brother are drawn to the seductive voice of a green-eyed boy whose name is Death. Together they must journey through a poisoned garden filled with children who kill and beasts that speak—all the while resisting the evil that compels them to join in a nightmare ritual of blood that will unleash the power of the ancients and signal the end of humanity.