Annal: 1997 Philip K. Dick Award

Results of the Philip K. Dick Award in the year 1997.

Book:The Troika

The Troika

Stepan Chapman

troika, n. [Russ.], 1. a vehicle drawn by a team of three horses abreast. 2. the minimum coordinate set required to define a single point in three-dimensional space. 3. a jeep, a brontosaurus, and an old Mexican woman.

Beneath the glare of three purple suns, three travelers—an old Mexican woman, an automated jeep, and a brontosaurus—have trudged across a desert for hundreds of years. They do not know if the desert has an end, and if it does, what they might find there. Sometimes they come across perfectly-preserved cities, but without a single inhabitant, and never a drop of rain. Worse still, they have no memory of their lives before the desert. Only at night, in dreams, do they recall fragments of their past identities.

But night also brings the madness of the sandstorms, which jolt them out of one body and into another in a game of metaphysical musical chairs. In their disorientation and dysfunction, they have killed each other dozens of times, but they cannot die.…[more]

Book:Acts of Conscience

Acts of Conscience

William Barton

When space construction worker Gaeten du Cheyne visits the planet Green Heaven, he discovers a fascinating ecosystem whose intelligent life forms are being hunted for sport and exported as slaves by human colonists. Now du Cheyne must follow his conscience and rescue the natives of Green Heaven—or die trying.

Book:Carlucci's Heart

Carlucci's Heart

Richard Paul Russo

Lt. Frank Carlucci is drawn into an investigation surrounding the disappearance of his daughter’s friend. But as Carlucci digs deeper, the corruption and decay he finds is nothing compared to a final horror that could have devastating implications: a secret known only as Cancer Cell.

Book:An Exchange of Hostages

An Exchange of Hostages

Susan R. Matthews

A promising young surgeon, Andrej Koscuisko has come, with great reluctance, to study at a military orientation center adrift in black space. Against his will, he will train here to serve as a “Ship’s Inquisitor”—a vocation that runs counter to his deepest moral convictions.

During his tenure, Andrej will earn the devotion of his personal slave. He will gain the grudging respect of the Station Administration. He will make a deadly enemy of his fellow student. He will learn a frightening truth about himself. And ultimately, he will be forced to sacrifice all that he holds dear…

Book:Mother Grimm

Mother Grimm

Catherine Wells

A young woman raised within the sterile limits of a Biodome longs to be free…taking her chances Outside, a place where the victims of a devastating virus dwell. But even greater dangers await Outside: the warring factions that have turned the once-beautiful mesas into a slaughterground, the Edgewalkers who tread a fine line between sanity and madness, and the astonishing truth about her own destiny, which may trigger the ultimate destruction of both worlds!

Book:Opalite Moon

Opalite Moon

Denise Vitola

Under the suspicious eyes of the government, Ty must venture into the frozen fringes of a bankrupt society where a mysterious sect called the Opalite keeps its secrets. Where the natural and supernatural collide. Where only a lycanthrope would feel at home.

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