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Machinehood
S.B. Divya

Classification : Sff (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
Pub Date : Aug 25, 2021
Imprint : Hachette India
Page Extent : 416
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9789391028039
Price : 499

About the book

Welga Ramirez, executive bodyguard and ex-special forces, is about to retire early when her client is killed in front of her. It's 2095 and people don't usually die from violence. Humanity is entirely dependent on pills that not only help them stay alive but also allow them to compete with artificial intelligence in an increasingly competitive gig economy. Daily doses protect against designer diseases, flow enhances focus, zips and buffs augment speed and physical strength, and juvers speed up the healing process.

All that changes when the Machinehood, a new and mysterious terrorist group whose operatives seem to be part human, part machine, simultaneously attacks several major pill funders. They issue an ultimatum: stop all pill production in one week. Global panic ensues as supply lines get disrupted and many become ill. Thousands destroy their domestic bots in fear of an AI takeover. Determined to take down the Machinehood, Welga is pulled back into intelligence work by the government that once betrayed her. But who are the Machinehood and what do they really want?

A thrilling and thought-provoking novel that asks: If we won't see machines as human, will we instead see humans as machines?


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'This techno-thriller is full of espionage, mystery, and action, has a substantial list of mostly well thought out characters, and challenges us with enough emotional weight to keep you invested.' – Cinelinx
'Every few years, it starts to seem like science fiction is running out of ideas. Thankfully, authors like Divya remind us that the future has an almost infinite array of possibilities. Machinehood is the type of novel that gives us faith in science fiction as a genre.' – Hugo Book Club Blog
'The economy [Divya] describes is sharply imagined and convincingly detailed, and she artfully balances the cybertech thriller chapters involving Welga and the more character-oriented narrative of Nithya and her family, eventually weaving them together in a conclusion both suspenseful and ingenious.' – Locus Magazine
'With clever invention and astute observation popping from every paragraph, Machinehood takes you on a thrilling ride through a gritty, panoramic future that showcases intelligence in all its manifestations, humanity in all its potentialities, the infinite grace of ourselves as well as of our creations.' – Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings and The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
'A fantastic big-idea thriller, with plenty of action, and substantive, important perspectives on what the future might look like.' – Malka Older, author of Infomocracy and the Hugo-finalist for the Centenal Cycle trilogy
'From the opening manifesto to its ingenious technologies, Machinehood builds an inspiring and believable vision of the future that is both thought-provoking and hopeful. It will leave you wishing that tomorrow could arrive a little sooner.' – Ray Kurzweil, bestselling author, pioneering inventor, and renowned futurist
'Machinehood seems poised to introduce [Divya] to a whole new legion of fans. Set in a near future dominated by the gig economy, it's both a thrilling and timely read.' – Chicago Review of Books
'Divya has created a richly imagined and eerily familiar world . . . confronting urgent questions about humans' place in a society increasingly run by AIs.' – Kirkus Reviews
'If you're one of those people who says there's nothing new in science fiction being published anymore, here's a book that disproves that.' – Washington Post
'Machinehood takes its rightful place alongside the work of William Gibson, Malka Older, Isaac Asimov, Pat Cadigan, Vandana Singh, and Rudy Rucker as it engages with many of the topics we are wrestling with already, from bodily autonomy and privacy, to 24/7 news, invisible labor, influencer culture, disability, and political and military decisions based on assumptions forged in the past, rather than looking forward. This is an ambitious goal, and one that Machinehood achieves without losing touch with its humanity.' – NPR Book Reviews
'This stunning near-future thriller from Divya . . . offer[s] plenty to chew on for fans of big-idea sci-fi. Readers will be blown away.' – Publishers Weekly, starred review
     
S.B. Divya
S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula Award–nominated author of Runtime and co-editor of the Escape Pod podcast, with Mu...(+)
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