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"A.D. 2380: Homo Sapiens Declared Extinct"
© IASFM, Sep 2001
--/ cool sf story

"The Angel of Goliad"
(with William Gibson)
(part of "The Difference Engine")
© Interzone, Oct 1990
The Difference Engine, 1991
--/ third place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award

"The Beautiful and the Sublime"
© IASFM, Jun 1986
Crystal Express, 1989
--novelette : 1987 Locus /19


"Bicycle Repairman"
(Chattanooga series)
© Intersections, ed. J. Kessel, 1996
A Good Old-Fashioned Future, 1999
--novelette : 1997 Hugo W
--long list : 1997 Tiptree
--novelette : 1997 Locus /4
--novelette : 1997 SF Chronicle W

--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award

A bit muddy, not very clear on the plot. A sort of sequel to "Deep Eddy", it involves a strange set-top cable box and a break-in at a bicycle repairman's shop in a Chattanooga, Tenn., slum neighborhood.
review: 09-Jul-06 (read in 2004)


"Big Jelly"
(with Rudy Rucker)
© IASFM, Nov 1994
A Good Old-Fashioned Future, 1999
Gnarl!, Rudy Rucker 2000
--novelette : 1995 Asimov's Reader Poll /7
--/ third place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Cicada Queen"
(Shaper/Mechanist series)
© Universe # 13, 1983
Crystal Express, 1989
--novelette : 1984 Nebula
--novelette : 1984 Locus /16

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Crystal Express" (coll)
© 1989, Arkham House
--collection : 1990 Locus /2
--/ third place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Cyber Superstitions" (nf)
© 1991, Locus

"The Difference Engine" (nv)
(with William Gibson)
(exp. from "The Angel of Goliad")
© Interzone, Oct 1990
novel: 1990, Gollancz
--sf novel : 1991 Locus /8
--novel : 1991 British SF
--novel : 1992 Nebula
--second place : 1992 Campbell /2
--sf novel : 1992 Locus /20
--long-form, English : 1992 Aurora

--/ second place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ style award

"Dinner in Audoghast"
© IASFM, May 1985
Crystal Express, 1989
--short story : 1986 Hugo
--short story : 1986 Locus /5

--/ fourth place f story
--/ style award
--/ emotion award

"Dori Bangs"
© IASFM, Sep 1989
Globalhead, 1992
--short story : 1990 Hugo
--short story : 1990 Nebula
--third place : 1990 Sturgeon /3
--short story : 1990 Locus /6
--short story : 1990 SF Chronicle W

--/ third place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Flowers of Edo"
© IASFM, May 1987
Crystal Express, 1989
--novelette : 1988 Hugo
--novelette : 1988 Nebula
--novelette : 1988 Locus /4

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Globalhead" (coll)
© 1992, Spectra
--collection : 1993 Locus /4
--/ fourth place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Green Days in Brunei"
© IASFM, Oct 1985
Crystal Express, 1989
--novella : 1986 Nebula
--novella : 1986 Locus /9

--/ fourth place sf novella
--/ wonder award

"Heavy Weather" (nv)
© 1994, Easton Press/Spectra
--novel: Hugo 1995
--sf novel : 1995 Locus /6

--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"In Paradise"
© F&SF, Sep 2002
--shortlist : 2003 Sturgeon
--short story : 2003 Locus /5 (tie)

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ style award
--/ emotion award

"Involution Ocean" (nv)
© 1977, Jove / Ace
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award

"Junk DNA"
(with Rudy Rucker)
© IASFM, Jan 2003
--/ second place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ humour award
--/ style award

"Latter-Day Matian Chronicles"
© OMNI, Jul 1990
--/ cool sf story

"The Little Magic Shop"
© IASFM, Oct 1987
Crystal Express, 1989
--short story : 1988 Locus /14
--short story : 1988 Asimov's /3
--foreign short story : 2001 Seiun

--/ cool f story
--/ wonder award

"The Littlest Jackal"
(Leggy Starlitz series)
© F&SF, Mar 1996
A Good Old-Fashioned Future, 1999
--novella : 1997 Locus /12
--/ cool sf story

© SciFiction, Jan 2005

"Maneki Neko"
© F&SF, May 1998
A Good Old-Fashioned Future, 1999
--short story : 1999 Hugo
--shortlist : 1999 Sturgeon
--short story : 1999 Locus W

--/ fourth place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ style award

"Mozart in Mirrorshades"
(with Lewis Shiner)
© Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology, 1986
--short story : 1986 Locus /17
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award

"Our Neural Chernobyl"
© F&SF, Jun 1988
Globalhead, 1992
--short story : 1989 Hugo
--short story : 1989 Locus /10
--short story : 1989 SF Chronicle /3

--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Red Star, Winter Orbit"
(with William Gibson)
© OMNI, Jul 1983
Burning Chrome, William Gibson, 1986
--novelette : 1984 Locus /19
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award

"The Scab's Progress"
(with Paul Di Filippo)
© 2001, SciFiction Onlne
--novella: Hugo 2001
--novella: Locus 2001

--/ second place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award
--/ adventure award

"Schismatrix" (nv)
(Shaper/Mechanist series)
© 1985, Arbor House
--novel : 1986 Nebula
--sf novel : 1986 Locus /18
--novel : 1987 British SF

--/ third place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ idea award
--/ adventure award

"The Shores of Bohemia"
© Universe 1, ed. R. Silverberg, 1990
Globalhead, 1992
--novelette : 1991 Locus /11
--/ third place sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Spider Rose"
(Shaper/Mechanist series)
© 1982, F&SF
Crystal Express, 1989
--short story : 1983 Hugo
--short story : 1983 Locus

--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award

© F&SF, Apr 1983
Crystal Express, 1989
--short story : 1984 Locus /6

"Sunken Gardens"
(Shaper/Mechanist series)
© 1984, OMNI
Crystal Express, 1989
--short story : 1985 Nebula
--short story : 1985 Locus

--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award

(Shaper/Mechanist series)
© 1982, F&SF
Crystal Express, 1989
--novelette : 1983 Hugo
--novelette : 1983 Nebula
--novelette : 1983 Locus

--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ adventure award

"The Sword of Damocles"
© IASFM, Feb 1990
Globalhead, 1992

(Chattanooga series)
© IASFM, Oct 1998
A Good Old-Fashioned Future, 1999
--novelette : 1999 Hugo W
--novelette : 1999 Locus W (tie)
--novelette : Asimov's Reader Poll /2
--short story : 1999 Hayakawa W
--novelette : 2000 Nebula
--short fiction : 2000 Seiun

--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ awesome scale

© F&SF, Sep 1984
Crystal Express, 1989
--/ cool sf story

"Twenty Evocations"
(Shaper/Mechanist series)
© 1984, Interzone
Crystal Express, 1989
--/ cool sf story

"The Workshop Lexicon"
(with Lewis Shiner)
© 1990, Interzone
--/ cool sf story
--/ humour award


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