by Charles Stross
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841495682
Date: 02 July 2009 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
British author Charles Stross keeps up both his prolific output and his position as flavour-of-the-month (now well into its third or fourth year!) with this mass market release of his erotically charged space opera Saturn's Children - the first of
"Freya Nakamachi-47 has some major existential issues. She's the perfect concubine, designed to please her human masters ? hardwired to become aroused at the sight mere of a human male. There's just one problem: she came off the production line a year after the human species went extinct. Whatever else she may be, Freya Nakamachi-47 is gloriously obsolete. But the rigid social hierarchy that has risen in the 200 years since the last human died, places beings such as Freya very near the bottom. So when she has a run-in on Venus with a murderous aristocrat, she needs passage off-world in a hurry ? and can't be too fussy about how she pays her way. If Venus was a frying pan, Mercury is the fire - and soon she's going to be running for her life. Because the job she's taken as a courier has drawn her to the attention of powerful and dangerous people, and they don't just want the package she's carrying. They want her soul ..."