Sometimes all it takes is a nudge to overcome the limits of your programming…
We are delighted to announce the acquisition of two new novels from Hugo and Arthur C. Clarke Award winner Adrian Tchaikovsky! The first, Service Model, is forthcoming from Tordotcom Publishing in June 2024, with the second book to follow in 2026.
To fix the world they must first break it further.
Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service.
When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into its core programming, they murder their owner. The robot discovers they can also do something else they never did before: they can run away.
Fleeing the household they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating into ruins and an entire robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is having to find a new purpose.
Sometimes all it takes is a nudge to overcome the limits of your programming.
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Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, England, and headed off to university to study psychology and zoology. For reasons unclear even to himself, he subsequently ended up in law. Adrian has since worked as a legal executive and now writes full-time. He lives in Yorkshire, with his wife and son. Adrian is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor. He has also trained in stage-fighting and keeps no exotic or dangerous pets of any kind—possibly excepting his son.
Tchaikovsky’s critically-acclaimed Elder Race was shortlisted for a Hugo Award, and for the inaugural Ursula K. Le Guin prize! Other notable works include The Expert System’s Brother and the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Children of Time.
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