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The Mad Scientist's Daughterby Cassandra Rose Clarke
"I believe I'm one of a kind."
In a world full of sentient robots exploited by humankind, Cat knows there is no one else like her childhood tutor, Finn.
The tapestry of her life is woven with uncertainty and loss as she makes increasingly poor decisions in her struggle to conform to the expectations of society. Can she find an acceptable way to express what she feels for Finn? And can he truly return those feelings?
This literary S-F romance is atmospheric, sensual, and sad, full of smoke and longing, putting to the reader the question: Can androids really love, or is it always just a program?
Synopses & Reviews
“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”
Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.
But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.
“Cassandra Rose Clarke has delivered a novel that is brave enough to take on one of the largest issue’s confronting all of us today — just what exactly it means to be human in a time when the definition of such seems to alter almost daily in the face of whirlwind technological change. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is a haunting, memorable, and very original love story, told in an alluringly graceful prose.” Peter LaSalle, author of Tell Borges If You See Him: Tales of Contemporary Somnambulism
About the Author
Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer and occasional teacher living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of the 2010 Clarion West Writers Workshop and holds a Masters degree in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons. The author lives in Houston, TX.
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