Annal: 1994 Philip K. Dick Award

Results of the Philip K. Dick Award in the year 1994.

Book:Mysterium

Mysterium

Robert Charles Wilson

Book:Inagehi

Inagehi

Jack Cady

From award-winner Jack Cady, a new novel that is part murder-mystery, part classical tragedy, part spiritual journey. Set among the Cherokee of North Carolina in the 1950s, Inagehi is the story of a young woman who inherits a mountain and the mystery of her father’s death. With themes as ancient as the existence of God and as modern as post-traumatic stress disorder, Inagehi answers that voice inside us all that asks how “it” all fits together. A work of uncommon power from a master craftsman.

Book:Rim

Rim: A Novel of Virtual Reality

Alexander Besher

Welcome to the World of Rim. The year is 2027. Greenspace patrols the cosmos, Gamespace has been infiltrated by Tibetan zombies and tantric viruses, and the information superhighway forces lanes through our brains. And while everyone loves the interactive sushi and the way virtual reality can unite Tai Chi students with their long-dead masters, neural technology can also go haywire—with potentially deadly, but relentlessly entertaining, consequences. Forget Word Processing. This is the world of consciousness processing. A mere sideline of professor Frank Gobi, the downloading of human psyches becomes one lucrative hobby when he’s recruited by the Satori Corporation. Satori, the world’s largest—and creepiest—multinational, knows that Gobi is the only one who can track down their missing CEO, retrieve the missing algorithm that will bring their crashed virtual reality metropolis back on line, and end their public relations—and public health—nightmare. Gobi knows he’s the only one who might be able to save his son (handle: The Kundalini Kid), one of thousands of Satori customers trapped on line in a game that’s become just a little too real.

Book:Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone

Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone

Ian McDonald

As a brilliant graphic arts student, Ethan Ring stumbled on a secret so awesome that its existence could not remain hidden. The computer-generated images he had helped to create contained infinite powers: the power to heal, erase memories, bring ecstasy, kill savagely. Locked into a devil’s bargain with the monolithic European government, Ethan now sees his one chance to escape the dark forces of destruction that have enslaved his soul. He will brave the treacherous terrain, the lawless bands of akiras, and the power-armored security forces to undertake a thousand-mile pilgrimage. But the danger Ethan fears most comes from within. It is the seductive lure of his own damnation.

Book:Summer of Love

Summer of Love

Lisa Mason

A time traveler from 500 years in the future must return to San Francisco, the summer of 1967, to find and protect the life of a teenaged runaway whose own life will have vast impact on the future. Meticulously researched and full of fun, but also a serious examination of the strengths and flaws of both the “counterculture” and America in the sixties.

Book:Tonguing the Zeitgeist

Tonguing the Zeitgeist

Lance Olsen

So you want to be a rock ’n’ roll star? In a future that isn’t distant enough, you’ll have to sell your soul to MTV just to pick up a guitar. And then they start carving you up, making you over in the mega-media image of glitter and bone.

Poor Ben Tendo, he just wanted to play music and make love to Jessika… Tonguing the Zeitgeist, finalist for the 1995 Philip K. Dick Award for best science fiction novel, is a social satire in the tradition of Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange about the music industry and the commercialization of the arts.

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