Autonomous: A Novel

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Tom Doherty Associates, Sep 19, 2017 - Fiction - 272 pages

"Autonomous is to biotech and AI what Neuromancer was to the Internet."—Neal Stephenson

"Something genuinely and thrillingly new in the naturalistic, subjective, paradoxically humanistic but non-anthropomorphic depiction of bot-POV—and all in the service of vivid, solid storytelling."—William Gibson

When anything can be owned, how can we be free

Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.

Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand.

And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?

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Newitz explores a future where corporate/patent law and big pharma play parts in a society where humans and robots are more often indentured than autonomous. Jack is fighting the latter by reverse ... Read full review

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As mentioned earlier, cyberpunk just doesn't do it for me these days. I do appreciate the diversity of characters and points of view in this novel, but I wasn't very interested in the world or the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
6
Section 2
7
Section 3
11
Section 4
19
Section 5
27
Section 6
32
Section 7
49
Section 8
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Section 14
145
Section 15
165
Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
120
Section 13
133
Section 22
265
Section 23
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Section 24
287
Section 25
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About the author (2017)

ANNALEE NEWITZ is an American journalist, editor, and author of fiction and nonfiction. She is the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship from MIT, and has written for Popular Science, The New Yorker, and the Washington Post. She founded the science fiction website io9 and served as Editor-in-Chief from 2008–2015, and subsequently was Editor-in-Chief at Gizmodo and Tech Culture Editor at Ars Technica. Her book Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction was nominated for the LA Times Book Prize in science. Her first novel, Autonomous, won a Lambda award, and her new novel The Future of Another Timeline is out Sept. 2019.

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