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Ship of Fools: A Classic Definitely Worthy of Philip K. Dick

Shipoffools_2In a happy confluence of timing, considering the announcement of the PK Dick Award finalists last week, my holiday reading included Ship of Fools by Richard Paul Russo. Russo's creepy, haunting novel won a Philip K. Dick Award in 2001. I really loved this novel, which mixes space opera and horror with religious themes in an intriguing way. In addition to complex internal politics on the huge multi-generational spaceship/colony, Russo throws in a strange planet and a truly eerie alien spaceship. I've really never read a better description of an encounter with an alien object. Even better, Russo provides the closure the novel needs while still leaving some things open-ended. If you're looking for a suspenseful, exciting, and thoughtful read, this novel's for you. --Jeff

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