On the dyson sphere Shenzhen, artificial intelligences rule and humans live in luxury, vying to be chosen as host bodies—called haruspices—for the next generation of AI, and thus be worshiped as gods.
Doctor Orfea Leung has come here to escape her past of mercenary violence. Krissana Khongtip has come here to reinvent herself from haunted spy to holy cyborg. But the utopian peace of Shenzhen is shattered when the haruspices begin committing suicide, and the pair are called upon to solve the mystery—and survive the silent war between machines.
And Shall Machines Surrender (Prime Books) is a lesbian space opera/cyberpunk thriller pitched as NieR: Automata meets Miss Sherlock, taking place in a utopia that serves as the rare haven in a universe that imploded into war after AIs declared independence from humanity and established their own rule.
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- References to transphobia and homophobia as experienced by a tertiary character. The setting of this novella, Shenzhen, is queer-normative. However, one of the tertiary characters fled from a Handmaid’s Tale-style regime that is violently homophobic and transphobic. The violence this character was subjected to isn’t described graphically but is discussed; this character was not subjected to sexual assault. The character and zer history are confined to a small section of one chapter; references to and instances of homophobia and transphobia don’t recur elsewhere.
- Graphic sex. Fully consensual; no instance of sexual assault occurs in this book. If you’ve read Winterglass and Mirrorstrike, this is about the same level of explicit.