Interview with Madeline Ashby, author of vN and iD - June 21, 2013
Please welcome Madeline Ashby to The Qwillery. iD, the second novel in the Machine Dynasty series, will be published on June 25 in the US/Canada and July 4 in the UK.
The Machine Dynasty
Series: Machine Dynasty 2
Publisher: Angry Robot, June 25, 2013 (US/Can Print / eBook); July 4, 2013 (UK Print)
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook, 320 pages
Price: $14.99 (print)
ISBN: 9780857663115 (print)
Javier is a self-replicating humanoid on a journey of redemption.
Javier’s quest takes him from Amy’s island, where his actions have devastating consequences for his friend, toward Mecha where he will find either salvation… or death.
File Under: Science Fiction [ vN2 | Island in the Streams | Failsafe No More | The Stepford Solution ]
vNSeries: Machine Dynasty 1
Publisher: Angry Robot Books, July 31, 2012 (US/Canada); August 2, 2012 (UK/RoW)
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook, 416 pages
Price: $12.99 (print)
ISBN: 9780857662620 (print)
Amy Peterson is a von Neumann machine, a self-replicating humanoid robot.
For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, little Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive.
Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive, and she’s learning impossible things about her clade’s history – like the fact that the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has failed… Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her.
File Under: Science Fiction [ Von Neumann Sisters | Fail Safe Fail | The Squid & the Swarm | Robot Nation ]
Covers for vN and iD are by Martin Bland.
(from Angry Robot)
After meeting Ursula K. LeGuin in the basement of the Elliott Bay Book Company that year, she decided to start writing science fiction stories. While immigrating to Canada from the United States in 2006 , she could not work or study and joined the Cecil Street Irregulars – a genre writers’ workshop founded by Judith Merril – instead.
Since then she has been published in Tesseracts, Flurb, Nature, Escape Pod and elsewhere. She has a masters degree in Manga and Anime and writes on such matters for i09, Tor.com and BoingBoing. Currently she works as a strategic foresight consultant in Toronto.
Madeline’s first book for Angry Robot is vN, which introduces us to Amy, a robot who has been grown in a stable family environment, with her robot mother and human father. But alone of all her kind, her human-protecting failsafe has stopped working. Soon she is on the run from the law, and worse – everyone’s after her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her. Her sole friend is a robot boy who’s programmed to only like humans…
You can find Madeline at her website, madelineashby.com or follow her on twitter.
Read Madeline's 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog - Gynoid Trouble - here and interview here.