253 - Geoff Ryman

Philip K. Dick Award: Best Novel winner (1998).

253 is also known as 253: The Print Remix. It was first published as hypertext fiction on a website www.ryman-novel.com.

A London tube train, with all seats occupied, carries 252 passengers. The driver makes 253. Each one has a secret history, thoughts about themselves and the world. And each one's story takes one page (comprised of exactly 253 words) in this novel.

Meet Estelle, who has fallen madly in love with Saddam Hussein; James, who anesthetizes sick gorillas for a living; and Who – a character who doesn't know where, or what, on earth he is. Perhaps you'll see a bit of yourself in some or all of them.

This seven-and-a-half-minute ride between Embankment and Elephant & Castle is highly original. And enjoyable. And unpredictable. And full of marvels.

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Release date: 1998
Genres: science fiction
Tags: philip k. dick award
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Updated: August 19, 2021
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