Results of the Arthur C. Clarke Award in the year 1992.
In Synners, the line between technology and humanity is hopelessly slim. A constant stream of new technology spawns crime before it hits the streets; the human mind and the external landscape have fused to the point where any encounter with reality is incidental.
For Dorthy Yoshida—abused earthborn Talent and prime player in the secret history of the galaxy—the seeds of destiny were sown a million years in the past…when a giant sun exploded and vast civilizations died in the subsequent blood feuding of ten thousand alien family nations. Or perhaps it all began a dozen years before her birth—when a Greater Brazilian flyby drone was destroyed above a red dwarf star, drawing an uncomprehending human race into a thousand-millennia-old genocidal conflict that was not their own.
And now Dorthy’s extraordinary mental ability to touch the past and the future has made her the pawn of a wealthy immortal’s vengeance—rocketing her to the black hole at the core of the galaxy, and into the perilous heart of a fanatical religious sect’s relentless search for hidden gods. For it is here that the final battle must ultimately be fought against a fearsome,…[more]
On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law and the reach of twenty-eighth-century science, waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to the Time Tombs. They seek the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives, and they have resolved to die before discovering anything less than the secrets of the universe itself.
A spaceship from Earth accidentally crossed through a hole in space-time to a universe where the force of gravity is one billion times as strong as the gravity we know. Somehow the crew survived, aided by the fact that they emerged into a cloud of gas surrounding a black hole, which provided a breathable atmosphere.
Five hundred years later, their descendants still struggle for existence, divided into two main groups. The Miners live on the Belt, a ramshackle ring of dwellings orbiting the core of a dead star, which they excavate for raw materials. These can be traded for food from the Raft, a structure built from the wreckage of the ship, on which a small group of scientists preserve the ancient knowledge which makes survival possible.
Rees is a Miner whose curiosity about his world makes him stow away on a flying tree—just one of the many strange local…[more]
This story is set in San Francisco of the future. Rheinhart was a sculptor who did the best he could until they drafted his best friend to fight in South Africa, when his artists’ colony turned into a home for deadbeats.
A tough, intense, funny, and horrifying look at an alien invasion of Earth about fifty years from now, White Queen begins deceptively quietly, in a bar in a crumbling African nation where Johnny Guglioli, an American journalist in exile, is trying to exorcise his demons and regain access to the international news network. He may just have a way: the girl who has been following him around isn’t a human being—she’s an alien come to Earth with others of her kind to settle. And she is willing to be interviewed. But who will believe it? And another reporter, Braemar Wilson, is also on the trail, and insinuates herself into partnership with Johnny. Suddenly all three are swept up into a worldwide whirlwind of events, a complex and deadly storm of sex, politics, and betrayal. A confusion of motives and a conflagration of feelings drives the narrative forward to its stunning conclusion.