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category: Fiction
published: Jan 2035
ISBN:9780857665362
publisher: Watkins Media
imprint: Angry Robot

Company Town

by Madeline Ashby

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4.5 of 5
2 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $16.99
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover Paperback
category: Fiction
published: Jan 2035
ISBN:9780857665362
publisher: Watkins Media
imprint: Angry Robot
Description

They call it Company Town – a Family-owned city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes.

Meet Hwa. One of the few in her community to forego bio-engineered enhancements, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig. But she’s an expert in the arts of self-defence, and she’s been charged with training the Family’s youngest, who has been receiving death threats – seemingly from another timeline.

Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city’s stability – serial killer? Or something much, much worse..?

File UnderScience Fiction

Contributor Notes

Madeline Ashby grew up in a household populated by science fiction fans. 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 joined the Cecil Street Irregulars - a genre writers' workshop founded by Judith Merril.

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 iO9, Tor.com and BoingBoing. Currently she works as a strategic foresight consultant in Toronto.

Editorial Review

"Elegant, cruel, and brutally perfect, Company Town is a prize of a novel."
-Mira Grant, NYT-Bestselling and Hugo-nominated author of the Newsflesh series

“This is brave, bold, crazy storytelling at the edge and doesn’t read like anything else I’ve seen up or down the pike. I don’t even know where she gets this ideas, but I hope she keeps getting them and writing the stories that result. If there is any justice and kindness in the world, one of the prominent names of science-fiction going forward will be Madeline Ashby.”
-Chuck Wendig, John W. Campbell-nominated author of the Miriam Black Series

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Action packed, female lead

Action packed page turner with a tough female lead and a Newfoundland accent :)

The book has an interesting underlying theme - what does it mean to be human? When everyone has modifications, where do you draw the line between human and machine?

I enjoyed this book from start to finish, and I'm looking forward to reading more work by the author.

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