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by: Madeline Ashby


Javier’s quest takes him from Amy’s island, where his actions have devastating consequences for his friend, toward Mecha where he will find either salvation… or death.

“The world that Ashby envisions is fascinating, filled with strange ideas, nifty technology, and some rather mature implications.”

File Under: Science Fiction [ vN-2.0 | Island in the Streams | Failsafe No More | The Stepford Solution ]

The Second Machine Dynasty


Javier is a self-replicating humanoid on a journey of redemption. Javier’s quest takes him from Amy’s island, where his actions have devastating consequences for his friend, toward Mecha where he will find either salvation… or death.

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Madeline grew up in a household populated by science fiction fans. She graduated from a Jesuit university in 2005, after having written a departmental thesis on science fiction. After meeting Ursula K. LeGuin in the basement of the Elliott Bay Book Company that year, she decided to start writing science fiction stories. While immigrating to Canada from the United States in 2006 , she could not work or study and joined the Cecil Street Irregulars – a genre writers' workshop founded by Judith Merril – instead. Since then she has been published in Tesseracts, Flurb, Nature, Escape Pod and elsewhere. She has a masters degree in Manga and Anime and writes on such matters for i09, and BoingBoing. Currently she works as a strategic foresight consultant in Toronto. Madeline's first book for Angry Robot is vN, which introduces us to Amy, a robot who has been grown in a stable family environment, with her robot mother and human father. But alone of all her kind, her human-protecting failsafe has stopped working. Soon she is on the run from the law, and worse - everyone's after her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her. Her sole friend is a robot boy who's programmed to only like humans...

iD explores the uncomfortable possibilities and limitations of love within slavery and free will under constraint. Ashby intelligently and brutally explores the way people are willing to abuse, devalue and destroy any form of consciousness they’re able to define as ‘other’, while the robots challenge the limits of love, devotion and life after death.”
Toronto Globe & Mail

“It really is a modern I, Robot, but with a lot more grit, moral depth, and more interesting prose. Madeline Ashby ought to be seen as one of the big new names in science fiction.”
Hardcover Wonderland

“A really cool read, full of action, sex, and interesting sf concepts.”
Dangerous Dans Book Blog

“[A] sci-fi series not to be missed. Ashby has a wonderful imagination, an eye for detail, and characters that I don’t want to part from.”

“Ashby wowed me with her world-building … The plot is often fast paced, there is action, violence, sex and some really good geek humor as well … iD left me with way more philosophical questions, questions of humanity, justice and choices [than vN].”
Closet Geeks and Slow Mo

“The characters are richly drawn and engaging. The author pays us the compliment of not dumbing down the computer and technical stuff and her system holds together well.”
Celtic Frog Reviews

“I love a book that kicks me in the head. iD cuts deep into questions of choice and free will and imperfection, and it hurts.”

“Simply great storytelling. It’s wonderfully rich hard SciFi story that continues that long and illustrious tradition of examining social issues from the relatively safe confines of another world.”
Joe’s Geek Fest

“Madeline Ashby has written a very immersive and great piece of science fiction. A story with likeable and intriguing main characters. A story full of feelings and of course, a failsafe.”
Just a Regular Adventure

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