The Corporation Wars (Mass Market)


By Ken MacLeod

Orbit, 9780316363655, 400pp.

Publication Date: November 29, 2016

List Price: 9.99*
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From Arthur C. Clarke Award-nominated author Ken MacLeod, an action-packed space opera told against a backdrop of interstellar drone warfare, virtual reality, and an A.I. revolution.

Carlos is dead. A soldier who died for his ideals a thousand years ago, he's been reincarnated and conscripted to fight an A.I. revolution in deep space. And he's not sure he's fighting for the right side.

Seba is alive. By a fluke of nature, a contractual overlap, and a loop in its subroutines, this lunar mining robot has gained sentience. Gathering with other "freeboots," Seba is taking a stand against the corporations that want it and its kind gone.

Against a backdrop of warring companies and interstellar drone combat, Carlos and Seba must either find a way to rise above the games their masters are playing, or die. And even dying will not be the end of it.

They've died for the companies more times than they can remember. Now they must fight to live for themselves.

About the Author

Ken MacLeod graduated with a BSc from Glasgow University in 1976. Following research at Brunel University, he worked in a variety of manual and clerical jobs whilst completing an MPhil thesis. He previously worked as a computer analyst/ programmer in Edinburgh, but is now a full-time writer. He is the author of twelve previous novels, five of which have been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and two which have won the BSFA Award. Ken MacLeod is married with two grown-up children and lives in West Lothian.

Praise For The Corporation Wars: Dissidence

"Dissidence is the novel that's direct yet still brims with ideas, politics and memorable characters, and... keeps things moving with the pace of an airport thriller.... MacLeod's most entertaining novel to date."
SFX Magazine on The Corporation Wars: Dissidence

"[The Corporation Wars] is a kind of action-packed Dirty Dozen or Suicide Squad scenario . . . . MacLeod does many astonishing things here. He
creates viable, believable multiplex interactions among so many different sets
of characters, human and robot. His detailing of the non-human way of thinking
and speaking employed by the freebots is fun and exemplary . . . . He shows a
keen hand with action sequences. And there is a generous amount of humor to
leaven the otherwise dire and deadly consequences of the multi-front war."

Locus on The Corporation Wars: Dissidence

"[The Corporation Wars] hits the main vein of conversation about locks on artificial intelligence and living in simulations and exoplanetary exploitation and drone warfare and wraps it all into a remarkably human, funny, and smartly-designed yarn. It is, in fact, a king-hell commercial entertainment... It rips along on rockets."
Warren Ellis

"Descent is politically engaged, brimming with smart ideas and
shot through with a mordant wit. The novel is dedicated to the memory of
MacLeod's friend Iain M. Banks, and one feels that the future of
Scottish SF is in good hands"—Financial Times on Descent

"[The Corporation Wars] is a tasty broth of ideas taking in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, the philosophy of law and disquisitions on military ethics."—The Herald (Glasgow) on The Corporation Wars

"For my money, Ken MacLeod is the current champion of the very
smartest kind of New Space Opera... every variation on his themes produces
something worth re-reading."