In 2007, a friend lent me a P. K. Dick award winning novel, and I enjoyed it enough that I decided to add these winners to my list of novels to read.
The P. K. Dick Awards are sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and are almost always different than the Hugo and Nebula award winners for the same year. The awards started in 1982.
Cyberpunk really didn't age well. PKD wouldn't have liked this one.
Another clichéd time travel novel. A great disappointment compared to his next novel winner in 1985 - PKD wouldn't have liked this one
See my review on the Hugo page. I think PKD would have liked this one.
A sort of post-apocalyptic version of Orpheus, with a fascinating twist. PKD would have liked this one.
Why did people think steam punk was interesting??? PKD wouldn't have chosen this one.
More a story about how sad the author's life is rather than about something interesting. PKD wouldn't have like this one.
Sexist, racist, militaristic and poorly plotted. The ending is a sort of anti-shaggy-dog story. PKD wouldn't have liked it.
Wetware by Rudy Rucker
Wetware is the sequel to Software, and about 1/2 as interesting. PKD wouldn't have liked this one
60's losers acting like losers - Not science fiction at all. PKD wouldn't have chosen this one.
This is a collection of short stories. Many of them aren't sci-fi or fantasy. She won it for a prior novel that was ignored. PKD would not have liked it.
This is a really sad excuse for a romance novel spread over 3 generations of depressed women. PKD wouldn't even read this one.
Weird post apocalypso that owes more to WS Burroughs than PKD. PKD wouldn't have read this one.
Teenagers save the moon from evil corporations. Tired and clichéd, and PKD wouldn't like it at all
and Elvissey by Jack Womack
The church of Elvis strikes again. An interesting idea that doesn't pay off. PKD would have written it better.
Combining alternate history plots and misquotes from Gnosticism doesn't always make an interesting story. PKD wouldn't have liked it.
Great start with the best satire of corporate
computer life I have read, then peters out into
clichéd cyber-punk. PKD would read the first part.
A somewhat over-blown and clichéd sequel to the classic "Time Machine". Amusing but PKD wouldn't have liked it.
Hallucinatory ramble through what appears to be the shared delusions of three psychotics. I think PKD would have liked it, but it is really disturbing.
Not exactly science fiction, more of a meta-fiction using hyperlinks. Reminds me of Vonnegut rather than PKD. I read the online version rather than the print version, it works better. PKD would have liked it.
Not a novel, this is a string of short stories kind of smooshed together. I think it is a link book to other novels. PKD wouldn't have liked it.
Truly twisted post-cyberpunk plot that only a mad genius could think up. PKD would have loved this one, especially the implied question hanging over the last chapter.
It feels like two books put together, and the second story is very good, and doesn't have an easy ending. I think PKD would have liked this on.
A fascinating detective story in a very strange cyberpunk like world. PKD would have liked this one.
Old school feminism and complete misunderstanding of genetics, along with a lot of gratuitous sex sinks this book. PKD wouldn't have touched it.
Some old soldiers try to get their rocks off and totally fail. Not particularly interesting. PKD probably wouldn't have liked it
Surprisingly pedestrian plots, ripped from yesterday's headlines. PDK wouldn't have liked this one.
Sort of juvenile, and very much old school cyberpunk. I found it really tedious, and I don't think PKD would have liked it.
A very interesting murder mystery with an interesting detective, and a lot of stuff going on just below the surface.
Old school cyberpunk just doesn't work anymore. Dated and predictable.
An interesting spy novel set in a collapsed earth colony, promised more than it delivered, but a fun read.
<<Not read yet>>
Just an anthology of short stories and are only loosely related.
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