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iD: a functional Kindle edition, and some reviews.

iD: a functional Kindle edition, and some reviews.

It’s true! You can buy it here without issue. Enjoy. The reviews seem to say that you might. Tor.com liked it: The world that Ashby envisions is fascinating, filled with strange ideas, nifty technology, and some rather mature implications. Asimov might have given his robots the Rules, but Ashby doesn’t shrink back from exploring a world where disposable, artificial, life-forms who must obey or die, have become relatively commonplace. Where they can be enslaved or killed at a whim, where…

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iD drops today!

iD drops today!

Today sees the launch of my second novel, iD: The Second Machine Dynasty, from Angry Robot Books. If you’d like to get a jump on reading it, there’s a massive excerpt over here at Tor.com. I’ve also blogged quite a bit about the process of writing this book. If you’re curious, you could check out my Big Idea piece at Whatever, where I talk about how losing my passport and PR card prepared me to write iD, and an interview…

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iD: an excerpt, and a giveaway!

iD: an excerpt, and a giveaway!

So, if you were at all curious about what iD: The Second Machine Dynasty is like, you could go read this excerpt over at Tor.com: Javier had enjoyed his share of organic virgins. Because he was synthetic, they enjoyed him even more. His failsafe meant that his memory would corrupt and his mind would fry if he went too fast and hurt them too much. So he went slow. He tickled. He teased. He got them wet and wild and…

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…And we’re back.

…And we’re back.

In case you didn’t notice, the site went away for a while over the past couple of days. There was a hack, but it was a pretty easy fix. Still, I feel silly for letting it persist as long as it did, and it ate into my productivity. So: nice job, y’all. Good hustle. I’ll pour out some Mountain Dew for you at my earliest convenience.  

This summer: appearances

This summer: appearances

I’m pretty busy this summer. So busy, in fact, that I bought new luggage. The piece of luggage I usually travel with has only two wheels and only one functional zipper. It’s gone with me a bunch of places, but during the 12-hour Greyhound trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles after my wallet was stolen last year, I decided that if I ever made it out of this jam I would invest in something more user-friendly. Speaking of San…

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Inevitable Birthday Post: 30

Inevitable Birthday Post: 30

This morning after Dave left the house, my mom and dad called to wish me a happy birthday. While I was talking with Dad, he mentioned bragging about me to a colleague at ISC West, the annual security conference he visits in Vegas. Vegas has featured prominently in my dad’s professional history; it’s a big reason why part of iD takes place there. (In other news: part of iD takes place in Las Vegas, at a casino called The Akiba.)…

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iD has a cover!

iD has a cover!

And it has Javier on it! This cover was created by the talented Martin Bland, who also created the cover for vN. This time, we chose to focus on Javier, since he’s the protagonist of this book. I really love how warm and soft he seems in contrast to the machine elements on this cover, and how warm the colours are compared to the cooler tones on the cover for vN. Seen together, I’m sure they complement each other (just…

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Look, an interview with me in the Globe and Mail!

Look, an interview with me in the Globe and Mail!

Here is a look to the mobile edition, which may not work. “Science fiction has the capability to illustrate alternative and alien subjectivities and for a lot of people – including myself – that’s by nature a feminist project.” Ms. Ashby’s debut novel, entitled vN, came out last summer. While ostensibly sci-fi, it reads in part like a slice of real life. “It’s about a self-replicating humanoid with a female chassis named Amy, who eats her grandmother alive at kindergarten…

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“vN” is on the Kitschies shortlist

“vN” is on the Kitschies shortlist

No, really. The 2012 finalists for the Golden Tentacle: Madeline Ashby’s vN (Angry Robot) Jenni Fagan’s The Panopticon (William Heinemann) Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina (Doubleday) Karen Lord’s Redemption in Indigo (Jo Fletcher Books) Tom Pollock’s The City’s Son (Jo Fletcher Books) I really should have blogged this earlier, but, to my credit, I did share it on Twitter. The Kitschies (which I had never heard of, until this point), “reward the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements…

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