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Philip K Dick Award Best Book (nominee)
Pout, the chimera, half-man, half-ape, was incorporated into one of the plants or vice versa. He was jammed into a squatting position, while the stems, entering at his buttocks, merged with his legs, his arms and his torso, emerging at knees, elbows, and through his abdomen and thorax. A large, yellow-petalled flower seemed to frame his face.

It was his face that rivetted Ikematsu's attention, while the chimera squirmed in dumb distress, glaring with huge piteous eyes. For in that face, set into it as if set in pudding, was the zen gun. The gun was his face, or a part of it. The barrel pointed straight out in place of a nose... the stock merged with and disappeared into Pout's pendulous mouth.

Ikematsu leaned toward the chimera. "How you loved your toy! Now it is truly yours!"

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Paperback Editions

October 1984 : UK Paperback
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Title: Zen Gun
Author(s): Barrington J Bayley
ISBN: 0-413-55440-6 / 978-0-413-55440-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
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August 1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Zen Gun
Author(s): Barrington J Bayley
ISBN: 0-87997-851-1 / 978-0-87997-851-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: DAW
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Kindle Editions

July 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Zen Gun
Author(s): Barrington J Bayley
Publisher: Gateway
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July 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Zen Gun
Author(s): Barrington J Bayley
Publisher: Gateway
Availability: Amazon UK