Annal: 1992 John W. Campbell Award

Results of the John W. Campbell Award in the year 1992.

Book:Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede

Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede

Bradley Denton

Oliver Vale was conceived in the back seat of a car on the day Buddy Holly died. He was raised to fervently believe in personal freedom, UFOs, higher consciousness and rock-and-roll. Then one day he turns on the TV to find Buddy Holly on every channel—broadcasting nonstop from a moon of Jupiter… and telling the world that Oliver Vale knows the reason why. Suddenly Oliver is on the run—trying to put some distance between himself and a bloodthirsty pursuing mob of religious fanatics, disguised Kansas aliens, a killer cyborg dog,a CIA assassin… and desperate couch potatoes who want their soap operas back.

Book:The Difference Engine

The Difference Engine

William Gibson, Bruce Sterling

1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time. And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history—and the future: Sybil Gerard - fallen woman, politicians tart, daughter of a Luddite agitator; Edward “Leviathan” Mallory - explorer and paleontologist. Laurence Oliphant - diplomat, mystic, and spy. Their adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose. Cards someone wants badly enough to kill for…

Part detective story, part historical thriller, The Difference Engine is the first collaborative novel by two of the most brilliant and controversial science fiction authors of our time. Provacative, compelling, intensely imagined, it is a startling extension of Gibson’s and Sterling’s unique visions — in a new and totally unexpected direction!

Book:Stations of the Tide

Stations of the Tide

Michael Swanwick

The fiction of Michael Swanwick transports readers through thought and space; into dark, fantastic worlds teeming with awesome creations, characters and ideas. From the critically acclaimed author of Jack Faust comes an award-winning vision of cataclysm and transformation; an extraordinary excursion into questionable realms of morality and godhood.

The world of Miranda is dying—doomed to drown beneath the weight of its own oceans. In the final days before the unavoidable natural disaster, the race is on to locate Gregorian—a brilliant renegade scientist and wizard who, with his forbidden technology and charismatic magic, plans to remake the moribund planet in his own image. Gregorian must be found— and stopped—before the rising Jubilee Tides obliterate his trail and Miranda is inexorably hurtled toward a terrifying confrontation with death and transcendence.

Brilliantly realized, suspenseful and compelling, Stations of the Tide is speculative fiction at its provocative best.

Book:A Woman of the Iron People

A Woman of the Iron People

Eleanor Arnason

Lixia and the members of her human crew are determined not to disturb the life on the planet circling the Star Sigma Draconis which they have begun exploring. But the factions on the mother ship hovering above the planet may create an unintended chaos for both the life on the planet and the humans exploring it. As the anger increases on the ship, the ground crew becomes more and more affected by the conflict and begins to rely on their instincts to keep the project moving forward. Unexpected danger plagues the mission as Lixia is determined to expand her knowledge.

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