A Space Opera
Ace Books, Hardcover, 9780425256770, 325pp.
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Krina Alizond-114 is metahuman, descended from the robots that once served humanity. She's on a journey to the water-world of Shin-Tethys to find her sister Ana. But her trip is interrupted when pirates capture her ship. Their leader, the enigmatic Count Rudi, suspects that there's more to Krina's search than meets the eye.
He's correct: Krina and Ana each possess half of the fabled Atlantis Carnet, a lost financial instrument of unbelievable value--capable of bringing down entire civilizations. Krina doesn't know that Count Rudi suspects her motives, so she accepts his offer to get her to Shin-Tethys in exchange for an introduction to Ana.
And what neither of them suspects is that a ruthless body-double assassin has stalked Krina across the galaxy, ready to take the Carnet once it is whole--and leave no witnesses alive to tell the tale...
Praise for Charles Stross
“Where Charles Stross goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow.”—Gardner Dozois
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“The act of creation seems to come easily to Charles Stross…[He] is peerless at dreaming up devices that could conceivably exist in six, sixty, or six hundred years’ time.”—The New York Times
“Stross’s brand of gonzo techno-speculation makes hallucinogens obsolete.”—Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Pirate Cinema