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The Archive Undying

(2023)
(The first book in the Downworld Sequence series)
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War machines and AI gods run amok in The Archive Undying, national bestseller Emma Mieko Candon's bold entry into the world of mecha fiction.

WHEN AN AI DIES, ITS CITY DIES WITH IT
WHEN A CITY FALLS, IT LEAVES A CORPSE BEHIND
WHEN THAT CORPSE RUNS OFF, ONLY DEVOTION CAN BRING IT BACK

When the robotic god of Khuon Mo went mad, it destroyed everything it touched. It killed its priests, its city, and all its wondrous works. But in its final death throes, the god brought one thing back to life: its favorite child, Sunai. For the seventeen years since, Sunai has walked the land like a ghost, unable to die, unable to age, and unable to forget the horrors he's seen. He's run as far as he can from the wreckage of his faith, drowning himself in drink, drugs, and men. But when Sunai wakes up in the bed of the one man he never should have slept with, he finds himself on a path straight back into the world of gods and machines.

The Archive Undying is the first volume of Emma Mieko Candon's Downworld Sequence, a sci-fi series where AI deities and brutal police states clash, wielding giant robots steered by pilot-priests with corrupted bodies.

Come get in the robot.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Spiky, tender, sexy, and strange, The Archive Undying is a narrative labyrinth that surprised me on every page; an unfolding fractal of a science fiction novel." - Lara Elena Donnelly

"Candon pours her/their elaborate setting of weird artifacts, monstrous fragtech, and corrupted AI through an intense and intimate emotional focus to create a vivid journey of recovery and reclamation." - Kate Elliott

"With the salvage-punk appeal of 70's pulp, and the cozy, rust-hazed apocalyptica of 90's anime, this book is gold, crystal, and crimson splendor with a beating pirate heart." - Jennifer Giesbrecht

"The Archive Undying is everything you could want in a mecha novel. Emma Mieko Candon is brilliant." - Ann Leckie

"A riotous and romantic ride of identity, divinity and technology." - Freya Marske

"An intelligent, fiercely queer story of identity, autonomy and giant robots. An imaginative rollercoaster!" - Foz Meadows

"Giant robots stomp around a lush and tactile world of ruined cities and unknowable AI gods, which is all one could ever need." - Tamsyn Muir


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