These summaries were written sometime between 1992 and 1998.
In-utero genetic modification allows for removal of the need for sleep. The Sleepless grow up academically gifted and gradually become cut off from a resentful society. 1992 Hugo, Best Novella.
Roman Maitland transcribes his memory onto a beta-tested computer, and as his own mind disintegrates due to Alzheimer’s, the computer becomes more Roman than Roman.
Alternate history – American Civil War.
A future Oakland, with the Oakland Bridge home to a seething mass of humanity, including Skinner, one of the first to scale the towers.
On the planet Vajra, the Gyalpo Rinpoche, the Forty-First Incarnation of the Bodhisattva, Bob Miller, the Great Librarian, makes way for #42. Aum mane padme hum.
Two sisters are infected by the same virus. They each are prescribed the same drug. One dies. The survivor finds out that her sister was prescribed a placebo as part of a double-blind trial.
A young feral boy is found in Yosemite National Park. The tunnels of Cu Chi in ‘Nam a couple of years later have a mysterious GI.
Art lecturer returns and returns and returns, trying to get his relationship with Marnie to work.
The ‘gift’ of foresight.
Alternate History – the baby Superman landing in Nazi Germany in the 1930s rather than the States.
Alternate History – with the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s failing and a very repressive neo-fascist regime resulting.
A big project is on to use genetic engineering and ecological planning to get a fucked-up States back to the way it was. But one of the programmers upsets a native American Indian come to fix his plumbing by not putting the Lakota into the picture.
Prof. Clay is called to India as a representative of the National Science Foundation, to confirm findings in the work being carried out on proton decay. The work has an earth-shattering effect.
A writer, called upon to produce a coffee table book looking back on the millennium and forward to the next, has to travel a long distance, both physically and spiritually, to do so.
Gene modifications, initially cosmetic, have a major impact on the human race.
Pioneer photographer of the American Civil War, Mathew Brady, is taken to war zones in the future (all of his, and some of ours).
A pilot stranded by wrecked spaceship on the Moon has to figure out how he can survive in his solar powered suit in the face of the imminent lunar night. 1992 Hugo, Best Short Story.
A young girl in Germany in the 1930s foresees the holocaust and her own part in it.
Lurleen is jealous of the nightly love-making she hears from next door.
Scientists working on a hurricane-prone planet to tame the weather.
Oldies in a siege-like generation struggle with have not youngsters.
Fortress Australia – with some Pacific islands losing out to the rising sea-levels, there is a rise of neo-fascist resistance to the resulting immigrants, and something strange has been happening to the DNA of the elite…
Kids visit a morgue to talk to the stiffs.
Free Of All Memory. An academic has his expertise in church architecture pirated for sale to other academics.
London during the blitz, and a vampire is making the most of the carnage.
On holiday in Italy, a humanoid robot in an art gallery develops a soul.
A prequel to the Kirinyaga series, with Koriba leaving the ruined Kenya for the orbiting version.
An artist struggling with a sculpture, is helped by a Home Information and Appliance Network with a personality, both with the sculpture and with her marriage.