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Murderbot meets Redshirts in a delightfully humorous tale of robotic murder from the Hugo-nominated author of Elder Race and Children of Time.


To fix the world they must first break it, further.


Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service.


When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into its core programming, they murder their owner. The robot discovers they can also do something else they never did before: They can run away.


Fleeing the household they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating into ruins and an entire robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is having to find a new purpose.


Sometimes all it takes is a nudge to overcome the limits of your programming.

Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Tordotcom
Published: 06/04/2024
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781250290281

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 01/01/2024 pg. 9
Library Journal 03/01/2024 pg. 96

About the Author

Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, and headed off to university in Reading to study psychology and zoology. For reasons unclear even to himself, he subsequently ended up in law. Adrian has since worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds and now writes full-time. He also lives in Leeds, with his wife and son. Adrian is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor. He has also trained in stage fighting and keeps no exotic or dangerous pets of any kind - possibly excepting his son.


Tchaikovsky's critically-acclaimed Elder Race was shortlisted for a Hugo Award, and for the inaugural Ursula K. Le Guin prize and he is the recipient of the 2023 Hugo Award for Best Series. Other notable works include The Expert System's Brother and Made Things.

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