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 Under: Science Fiction
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.
"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