The novel was originally released in 2001 as Ship of Fools, and it won the Philip K Dick Award that year. For reasons best known to the publishers it was subsequently rereleased as Unto Leviathan, and it’s under this name that you’ll find it on Amazon.
The phrase Ship of Fools is an allegory for a vessel without a pilot, populated by human inhabitants who are deranged, frivolous, or oblivious, and seemingly ignorant of their course. This doesn’t bode well 🙂
Remember that we have to choose a long list for the next four books (Jan-April 2016). Geoff has already suggested Planet Purgatory by Benedict Martin. The books that didn’t make the cut last time were:
- Banner of Souls by Liz Williams
- Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear
- Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
- On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
- Rimrunners by C. J. Cherryh
- The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
- The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
- Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
Any of these can be renominated, though it’s nice to have lots of new ideas as well.