Luna and Vaughn’s treatment of artificial intelligence and virtual reality is sophisticated and technologically plausible. They tie the ethical question of which beings have rights to deeper philosophical issues of the nature of conscious experience and selfhood. And in the end, they hold up personal integrity in the face of a repressive society as an example worth following. Their story gives us a look at issues that a future world might have to address.
The special award will be presented in a ceremony along with the hall of fame award, the award for best novel, and the lifetime achievement award, during MidAmeriCon II, the 74th Worldcon, to be held August 17-21, 2016 in Kansas City MO.