By Tanith Lee
Spectra Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553584714, 336pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2005
As an orphan growing up in the slums, Loren read her clandestine copy of Jane's Story over and over, relishing every word. But Loren is no Jane. Savvy and street-smart, Loren could never be stirred by a man of metal, her passion never ignited by an almost-human even one designed for pleasure.
Still, when the META corporation does the unthinkable and brings back updated versions of robots past Loren knows she must see Silver. And just like Jane, it is love at first sight. But Silver is now Verlis. If he was perfection before, he is now like a god. Yet he is more human than his creators think or fear. While Loren doesn t quite trust him, she will follow her twice-born lover into a battle to control his own destiny one that
will reveal to her the most astonishing illusion of all.
"Like Richard Calder in his Dead Girls or Philip K. Dick in practically his whole canon, Lee explores the sexuality of machinery and the machinery of sexuality: lust, dust and rust."--Washington Post Book World