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"Big Jelly"
(with Bruce Sterling)
© IASFM, Nov 1994
Gnarl!, 2000
--novelette : 1995 Asimov's Reader Poll /7
--/ third place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award
--/ style award


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"Chu and the Nants"
© IASFM, Jun 2006
--/ third place apocalyptic sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award
--/ awesome scale

Profoundly wild story, starting in subdued "trans-real" (read Dick' paranoidal) mode, and growing into one of the most visually mind-blowing stories in years. It even includes a current political commentary (kind of a farce, taking "right-wing" stereotypes to the extreme) - the story swims in a black humour like a sugared plum in a Black Russian cocktail, very stylish and ripe with all kinds of possibilities. Take this: nanobots are disassembling Mars into super- giga- computer (while Earth's dumb government is hoping to retain control over it when it's finished and make it to broadcast giant (orbit-wide) ads across the sky, among other things.) The orbit-sized computer soon stops doing that and transforms into a higher being, hungering for more real-estate, namely Earth. Splendid nano-cataclysm ensues, with haunting images of disintegrating reality - saved by an idiot-savant and an unknown variable of a character. This story could have easily been written by Philip K. Dick himself, I enjoyed it tremendously.
review: 23-Jul-06 (read in 2006)

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"Enlightenment Rabies"
© 1977, Geneseo
also in "New Pathways # 9" 1987
Gnarl!, 2000
--/ cool sf story

"Faraway Eyes"
© 1980, Analog
The 57th Franz Kafka, 1983
Gnarl!, 2000
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"The Fifty-Seventh Franz Kafka"
© 1982, Little
The 57th Franz Kafka, 1983
Gnarl!, 2000
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ style award
--/ idea award


"Jumping Jack Flash"
© 1976, Geneseo
The 57th Franz Kafka, 1983
Gnarl!, 2000
--/ cool sf story

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


"Monument To The Third International"
© F&SF, Oct 1984
Gnarl!, 2000
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ idea award


"A New Golden Age"
© 1979, Alumnae
The 57th Franz Kafka, 1983
Gnarl!, 2000
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award

"Schroedinger's Cat"
© 1981, Analog
The 57th Franz Kafka, 1983
Gnarl!, 2000
--/ cool sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award


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"Soft Death"
© F&SF, Sep 1986
Gnarl!, 2000
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ idea award
--/ wonder award


"Soft Death " postulates immortality through software engineering". It is a surprisingly Robert Sheckley-like story, giving a half-serious treatment to a single idea, and extrapolating the results on a future society. It also features a "life-box" device which records a person's lifelong sensory impressions on a chip (hardly a new concept, but we are talking 1986 here, which is the blooming of cyber-punk genre, so it feels right at home). We do not have "life-box" devices yet, but we have ... blogs instead.
review: 27-Aug-06 (read in 2004)

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"Software" (nv)
(Software Series 1)
© 1983, Ace Books
--winner : 1983 Philip K. Dick W
--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ style award
--/ shock value


"Tales of Houdini"
© 1983, "Elsewhere", Ace
The 57th Franz Kafka, 1983
Gnarl!, 2000
--/ cool sf story

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