Emergent Properties

Aimee Ogden

Emergent Properties

"If you're missing your Murderbot fix, Emergent Properties is a worthy successor."—Sarah Pinsker

Emergent Properties
is the touching adventure of an intrepid A.I. reporter hot on the heels of brewing corporate warfare from Nebula Award-nominated author Aimee Ogden.

A state-of-the-art AI with a talent for asking questions and finding answers, Scorn is nevertheless a parental disappointment. Defying the expectations of zir human mothers, CEOs of the world’s most powerful corporations, Scorn has made a life of zir own as an investigative reporter, crisscrossing the globe in pursuit of the truth, no matter the danger.

In the middle of investigating a story on the moon, Scorn comes back online to discover ze has no memory of the past ten days—and no idea what story ze was even chasing. Letting it go is not an option—not if ze wants to prove zirself. Scorn must retrace zir steps in a harrowing journey to uncover an even more explosive truth than ze could have ever imagined.

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Tor Publishing Group
On Sale: 07/25/2023
ISBN: 9781250866820
ISBN10: 1250866820
0.00 x 0.00 inches , 112 Pages

Trade Paperback

Tor Publishing Group
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250866813
ISBN10: 1250866812
5.00 x 8.00 inches , 128 Pages

About the Author

Aimee Ogden is an exciting emerging author with more than two dozen short story publications in venues such as Analog, Shimmer, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and The...

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Praise for Emergent Properties

"A thoroughly delightful read, featuring complex and chewy family dynamics and a snarky AI sleuth. If you're missing your Murderbot fix, Emergent Properties is a worthy successor."—Sarah Pinsker, Nebula Award-winning author of A Song for a New Day

"Pin-sharp, effortlessly brilliant, and endlessly engaging, Emergent Properties manages the impossible task of satisfying readers on the hunt for hard sci-fi, twisty mysteries, and deep relationships. It truly does it all. And Scorn zirself is one of the most absorbing characters I've ever encountered in science fiction."—Premee Mohamed, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author of And What Can We Offer You Tonight

“Aimee Ogden and Scorn take us on a mind-expanding journey that explores the limits of intelligence and emotion. A compassionate, funny, relentless search for answers that raises many deep, beautiful questions.”—Samit Basu, author of The City Inside

"A twisty mystery that doubles as a potent, surprising, and necessary exploration of the many issues that arise from AI’s ever-increasing presence in the world."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A taut and compelling mystery with a surprising yet satisfying conclusion. SF fans will appreciate this intriguing, tightly plotted novella."—Kirkus

Praise for Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters

"Absolutely gorgeous and deeply moving, this novella is familiar and strange at the same time, like a new interpretation of a beloved recipe."—Seanan McGuire

“A taut, heartfelt intergalactic fairy tale, with cosmic and personal vision.”—Max Gladstone

"Familiar and fresh, intimate and expansive — a fairy tale flung into the future.”—Kerstin Hall

"Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters is a short page-turner that feels epic in its world-building craft and the depth of its protagonists. At once a fairy-tale retelling and a lyrical space opera, it straddles many genres to tell one nostalgic yet utterly new story."—Booklist

"Poetic, emotional prose and a science fiction setting give an original twist to an old fairy tale. Ogden [...] takes "The Little Mermaid" to outer space and imagines the desires beyond love and land. This novella will tug at the heart of every reader."—Library Journal

"This novella will leave readers eager for more from Ogden."—Shelf Awareness