Synopses & Reviews
The year is AD 7000. The human species is extinctfor the fourth timedue to its fragile nature.
Krina Alizond-114 is metahuman, descended from the robots that once served humanity. Shes on a journey to the water-world of Shin-Tethys to find her sister Ana. But her trip is interrupted when pirates capture her ship. Their leader, the enigmatic Count Rudi, suspects that theres more to Krinas search than meets the eye.
Hes correct: Krina and Ana each possess half of the fabled Atlantis Carnet, a lost financial instrument of unbelievable valuecapable of bringing down entire civilizations. Krina doesnt know that Count Rudi suspects her motives, so she accepts his offer to get her to Shin-Tethys in exchange for an introduction to Ana.
And what neither of them suspects is that a ruthless body-double assassin has stalked Krina across the galaxy, ready to take the Carnet once it is wholeand leave no witnesses alive to tell the tale
"Good fun... Heinlein himself would've liked this."
-SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
"Sex oozes from every page of this erotic futuristic thriller."
"One of the most stylishly imaginative robot tales ever penned."
"A smart and playful romp."
Praise for Charles Stross
“Where Charles Stross goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow.”—Gardner Dozois
“Stross sizzles with ideas.”—The Denver Post
“Charles Stross may be the science fiction fields most exciting writer.”—SFRevu
“A new kind of future requires a new breed of guide—someone like Stross.”—Popular Science
“The act of creation seems to come easily to Charles Stross…[He] is peerless at dreaming up devices that could conceivably exist in six, sixty, or six hundred years time.”—The New York Times
“Strosss brand of gonzo techno-speculation makes hallucinogens obsolete.”—Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Pirate Cinema
Sometime in the twenty-third century, humanity went extinctaleaving only androids behind. Freya Nakamichi 47 is a femmebot, one of the last of her kind still functioning. With no humans left to pay for the pleasures she provides, she agrees to transport a mysterious package from Mercury to Mars. Unfortunately for Freya, she has just made herself a moving target for some very powerful, very determined humanoids who will stop at nothing to possess the contents of the package.
Freya Nakamichi-47 is a femmebot, one of the last of her kind still functioning. With no humans left to pay for the pleasures she provides, she agrees to transport a mysterious package from Mercury to Mars-only to become hunted by some very powerful humanoids who will stop at nothing to possess the contents of the package.
About the Author
Charles Stross, born in 1964, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of six Hugo-nominated novels and winner of the 2005 Hugo Award for best novella (The Concrete Jungle”), Stross has had his work translated into more than twelve languages. He has worked as a pharmacist, software developer, and tech-industry journalist.