Results of the Philip K. Dick Award in the year 2000.
Only a handful of authors write with such startling originality that the uniqueness of their vision has become synonymous with their name. In Spares and One of Us, Michael Marshall Smith has earned that distinction. In this unsettling, suspenseful, and wildly imaginative novel he’s written a tale that from page one hurtles us….
Call him Stark. If you have to. If you’re lucky, you won’t call him at all. Because if you do, it means you’ve got trouble. Big trouble. And the problem is that before Stark is done fixing something, a whole lot of other things usually get broken. Like laws and lives—and anyone who gets in the way. It’s that attitude that’s earned him his latest assignment: finding a missing VIP named Fell Alkland. The authorities believe Alkland has been kidnapped. Stark doesn’t. He hasn’t stayed alive…[more]
“Does a clone have a soul?” Darling, an astronavigational control unit and personal companion, achieves sentience and wants to know. Now, 200 years and an artificial body later, he is off in search of a dead artist, a living artwork, and the forces behind a mystery that spans the universe. Accompanied by a female assassin, he’ll confront the Maker and get the answer.
Remarkable in its world-spanning scope, breathtaking in its visionary intensity, The Bridge is an epic novel of human transformation and destiny that will rank in the classic tradition of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End and Octavia E. Butler’s Dawn.
Somewhere in the cosmos, inquisitive, utterly un-human aliens reach out, seeking intelligent life, sending greetings and knowledge encrypted within microscopic packets of genetic data. Their information takes on the form of a virus designed to bridge worlds through understanding. But its creators, the alien Kasarans, do not know that their communication might kill…
For when it reaches Earth, the Kasaran virus can’t completely adapt to human biology. Instead, it transforms into a…[more]
Siggy Lindquist is a janitor at The Institute, home to the galaxy’s deadliest criminals. When two of the most dangerous inmates take a twisted interest in Siggy, she becomes caught in a potential war between two races—a war that only a forgotten secret from her past can prevent…
Broken Time is…
“A mind-bending story from a talented new author…taut, tense, compelling.”—William C. Dietz, author of By Blood Alone
“A stunner of a novel from a talented new author. The book is a marriage between Silence of the Lambs and Slaughterhouse Five, with all the chills of one, and mindbending time shifts of the other. The characters live, breathe, dance and inspire terror through Thomas’s skillful writing. A great book, one I couldn’t put down—a rare treasure indeed.”—Michael A. Stackpole
Five people have been chosen. They have heard the voice in their heads. A voice calling for help. A voice that must be answered…or the entire world will die. But to answer it, they must find it.
Unfortunately, the voice is not of this earth…
Call From a Distant Shore is the amazing second novel from Stephen Burns, the fast-rising star known for his stories in Analog and his smash debut novel, Flesh and Silver. Now, Burns takes a major step forward with a novel that is part Close Encounters of the Third Kind, part Planes, Trains & Automobiles, and all original.
It’s Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked “Midnight Robbers” waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. But to young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favorite costume to wear at the festival—until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgivable crime.
Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree. Here monstrous creatures from folklore are real, and the humans are violent outcasts in the wilds. Here Tan-Tan must reach into the heart of myth—and become the Robber Queen herself. For only the Robber Queen’s legendary powers can save her life… and set her free.