By David Marusek
[/i]The 12 months is 2135, and the foreign application to seed the galaxy with human colonies has stalled as grasping, immoral powerbrokers park their starships in Earth’s orbit and start to transform them into house condos. Ellen Starke’s head, rescued from the fiery crash that killed her mom, struggles to regrow a brand new physique in time to revive her useless mother’s monetary empire. And Pre-Singularity AIs conspire to affix the human race simply as human clones, comparable to Mary Skarland and her sisters, wish not anything greater than to depart it.
Welcome to Mind Over Ship, the sequel to Marusek’s wonderful debut novel, Counting Heads, which Publishers Weekly referred to as “ferociously clever, concurrently bad and funny.”
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When the filaments were thick enough, they sculpted a simulation of the amazons' garment, grasping and shaping Rathere's growing breasts with a tailor's attention to detail, employing the AI's encyclopedic knowledge of her anatomy. Rathere grasped what was happening instantly, almost as if she had expected it. As women from various regiments passed, the minder pointed out the differences in the yaw and pitch of their aureoles, which varied by rank and unit, and explained the possibilities. Rathere winced a little at some of the adjustments, but never complained.
The visible portion was a kind of eye-stalk, cutting the surface like the dorsal fin of a dolphin breaking into the air. Isaah was here to steal their stories. He was a scoop. " Rathere asked. "That's for your father to decide," the AI answered. " This sort of mildly recursive loop had once frustrated the AI's conversational packages. Rathere's speech patterns were those of a child younger than her years, the result of traveling among obscure, Outward worlds with only her taciturn father and the AI for company.
Completing the six orders of magnitude between meter and micrometer. Next to the final detail box a cross-section of human hair floated for scale, as bloated and gnarled as some blackly diseased tree. " she whispered. A slight intake of breath, a softening of her eyes' focus, a measurable quantity of adrenalin in her bloodstream were all noted. Indicators of her simple awe: that a distance could be so small, a creature so slow. "About half that, actually," said the voice in her head. " She eyed the stone creature again, a look of triumph on her face.