WETWARE. New York: Avon, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. "Set in 2030-2031, ten years after the events of SOFTWARE (1982), WETWARE focuses on the attempt of an Edgar Allan Poe-obsessed bopper named Berenice to populate Earth with a robot/human hybrid called a meatbop ... [But her plan] goes disastrously awry, and a human corporation called ISDN retaliates against the boppers by infecting them with a genetically modified organism called chipmold. The artificial disease succeeds in killing off the boppers, but when it infects the boppers' outer coating, a kind of smart plastic known as flickercladding, it creates a new race of intelligent symbiotes known as moldies -- thus fulfilling Berenice's dream of an organic/synthetic hybrid" (Wikipedia). Winner of the 1988 Philip K. Dick Award (in a tie with FOUR HUNDRED BILLION STARS by Paul J. McAuley). Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 415. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. A fine copy. (#146449).
"First Avon Books Printing: April 1988 / ... / K-R 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1" on copyright page.