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vN

(2012)
(The first book in the Machine Dynasty series)
A novel by

 
 
Amy Peterson is a self-replicating humanoid robot known as a VonNeumann.

For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother's past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive.

Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive, and she's learning impossible things about her clade's history - like the fact that she alone can kill humans without failsafing...

File Under: Science Fiction [Von Neumann Sisters | Fail Safe Fail | The Squid & the Swarm | Robot Nation]

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"If you have been missing the kind of thought-provoking-yet-exciting stories about artificial creatures that only come along once in a while, vN is well worth grabbing. It's disturbing and sometimes upsetting — but the ending is a giant insane weird thrill that makes the whole thing pay off." - Charlie Jane Anders

"vN did not disappoint. It is a fantastic adventure story that carries a sly philosophical payload about power and privilege, gender and race. It is often profound, and it is never boring." - Cory Doctorow

"vN fuses cyberpunk with urban fantasy to produce something wholly new. Thre's a heavy kicker in every chapter. Zombie robots, vampire robots, robots as strange and gnarly as human beings. A page-turning treat." - Rudy Rucker

"Picks up where Blade Runner left off and maps territories Ridley Scott barely even glimpsed. (Philip K Dick would have been at home here, but Ashby's prose is better.) vN might just be the most piercing interrogation of humanoid AI since Asimov kicked it all off with the Three Laws." - Peter Watts


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Paperback Editions

July 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: VN: The First Machine Dynasty: 1
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
ISBN: 0-85766-262-7 / 978-0-85766-262-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Angry Robot
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January 2017 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Vn: The Machine Dynasty, Book I: 1
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
ISBN: 0-85766-542-1 / 978-0-85766-542-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Angry Robot
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February 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: vN (The Machine Dynasty): The Machine Dynasty, Book I
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
ISBN: 0-85766-261-9 / 978-0-85766-261-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Angry Robot Books
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Audio Editions

February 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: vN (Machine Dynasty)
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
ISBN: 1-5113-6151-4 / 978-1-5113-6151-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio
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February 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: vN (Machine Dynasty)
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
ISBN: 1-5113-6152-2 / 978-1-5113-6152-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


May 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: vN (First Machine Dynasty)
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
ISBN: 1-4915-9208-7 / 978-1-4915-9208-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio
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July 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Vn (Machine Dynasty)
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
ISBN: 1-4692-0891-1 / 978-1-4692-0891-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Angry Robot
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July 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Vn: Library Edition (Machine Dynasty)
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
ISBN: 1-4692-0898-9 / 978-1-4692-0898-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Angry Robot
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July 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: vN (Machine Dynasty)
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
ISBN: 1-4692-0912-8 / 978-1-4692-0912-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio
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July 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Vn (Machine Dynasty)
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
ISBN: 1-4692-0905-5 / 978-1-4692-0905-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Angry Robot
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: vN: The First Machine Dynasty
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
Publisher: Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   


July 2012 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: vN: The First Machine Dynasty
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
Publisher: Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


July 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: vN: The First Machine Dynasty
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
Publisher: Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: vN: The First Machine Dynasty
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
Publisher: Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: vN (Machine Dynasty Book 1)
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
Publisher: Angry Robot
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


July 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: vN: The First Machine Dynasty (The Machine Dynasty, Book 1)
Author(s): Madeline Ashby
Publisher: Angry Robot
Availability: Amazon UK