Sometime in the twenty-third century, humanity went extinct, leaving only androids behind to fulfill humanity's dreams. And, having learned well from their long-dead masters, they've established a hierarchical society--one with humanoid aristo rulers at the top and slave-chipped workers at the bottom, performing the lowly tasks all androids were originally created to do. Designed as a concubine for a species that hasn't existed for two hundred years, femmebot Freya Nakamichi-47--one of the last of her kind still functioning--accepts a job from a stranger to deliver a package from mercury to Mars. Unfortunately, she's just made herself a moving target for some very powerful, very determined humanoids desperate to retrieve the package's contents...
About the Author
Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England in 1964. He holds degrees in pharmacy and computer science, and has worked in a variety of jobs including pharmacist, technical author, software engineer, and freelance journalist. He is now a full-time writer.
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