Facing Down the Cyborg Servants of the Gods: Announcing The Outside, by Ada Hoffman

We’re always pleased to be the first to tell you about a new book, but today’s bit of news from Angry Robot Books has us particularly excited. It’s the debut novel by Ada Hoffman, whose short fiction you may remember from publications like Asimov’s, Uncanny, and Strange Horizons. 

Coming next summer (yes, that’s summer 2019, sigh), The Outside is fast-paced, mind-bending Big Idea science fiction, with a touch of Lovecraftian horror and a diverse cast of characters unlike any you’ve encountered before. The full synopsis is below. After you’ve gotten hyped for the book, check out this guest post from the author, who muses on four books that share a particular connection to her debut novel—an autistic protagonist.

Here’s the summary:

The Pride of Jai was supposed to be humanity’s greatest accomplishment—a space station made entirely by humans and their primitive computers, without “divine” cyber-technology provided by the sentient quantum supercomputers worshipped as Gods. And it was supposed to be a personal triumph for its young lead scientist, physicist Yasira Shien, whose innovative mathematics was key to the reactor powering it.

But something goes wrong in Yasira’s reactor, leading to an unexplained singularity that destroys The Pride of Jai and most of the people on it—and placing Yasira in the sights of angry Angels, the cyborg servants of the Gods.

According to the angels, Yasira’s reactor malfunction was the latest in a rising tide of disasters, intentionally caused to exploit vulnerabilities in the very pattern of spacetime and usher in horrific beings from beyond reality itself. They believe that the woman behind the disasters is Yasira’s long-vanished mentor, Dr Evianna Talirr—and they believe that Yasira, Dr Talirr’s favorite student, is the only one who can help them find her.

Spirited off to the edge of the galaxy and with her whole planet’s fate, and more, hanging in the balance, Yasira must decide who to trust: the ruthless angels she was always taught to obey without question—or the heretic scientist whose plans could change everything she knows to be true about reality.

The Outside will be released in June 2019.

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