Across the three grim, suspenseful novellas in the Voidwitch Saga (Killing Gravity, Void Black Shadow, Static Ruin), author Corey J. White developed a compelling, twisted space opera universe that blended elements of science fiction and fantasy with dark themes of subjugation and revenge. Good stuff—and certainly more than enough to get us excited about what the author might do next.
Now we know—and it’s something rather different: Next year, Tor.com Publishing will release White’s first novel, Repo Virtual, a cyberpunk novel than stages an elaborate heist across real and digital worlds.
Below, we reveal the official summery and cover at for the book, which arrives in April 2020.
Corey J. White’s debut novel Repo Virtual blurs the lines between the real and virtual in an action-packed cyberpunk heist story.
The city of Neo Songdo is a Russian doll of realities — augmented and virtual spaces anchored in the weight of the real. The smart city is designed to be read by machine vision while people see only the augmented facade of the corporate ideal. At night the stars are obscured by an intergalactic virtual war being waged by millions of players, while on the streets below people are forced to beg, steal, and hustle to survive.
Enter Julius Dax, online repoman and real-life thief. He’s been hired for a special job: stealing an unknown object from a reclusive tech billionaire. But when he finds out he’s stolen the first sentient AI, his payday gets a lot more complicated.
“I was so excited when I first saw Christine Foltzer’s cover design,” White said. “The intricate detail, the vibrant colors—I think it looks stunning. I also love the ways it subtly reflects the book itself: the firefly embedded in the image, which is one of the forms the AI takes, and the overlapping layers of the design suggesting layers of Virtual, Augmented, and ‘real’ reality.”
Corey J. White is a writer of science-fiction, horror, and other, harder to define stories. He studied writing at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. The complete Voidwitch Saga is available now.
Repo Virtual will be released April 21, 2020.