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New Sci-Fi Novel Corporation Wars: Dissidence Explores Robot Revolt

Artwork for sci-fi novel The Corporation Wars: Dissidence

The Follow Up to The Corporation Wars: Dissidence Set For Release Later This Year

If you’re a fan of the Scottish sci-fi writer Kenneth MacLeod’s work, you’ll be pleased to hear his newest novel, The Corporation Wars: Dissidence, recently hit the shelves. This book will be the first novel in The Corporation Wars series, set to consist of three books – Dissidence, Insurgence, and Emergence.

The series deals with robots revolting and the ensuing war between the robots and their creators. While this theme is definitely not a new one, MacLeod is aiming to give this trope an interesting new twist. Here’s the official synopsis:

They’ve died for the companies more times than they can remember. Now they must fight to live for themselves.

“Sentient machines work, fight and die in interstellar exploration and conflict for the benefit of their owners – the competing mining corporations of Earth. But sent over hundreds of light-years, commands are late to arrive and often hard to enforce. The machines must make their own decisions, and make them stick.

Book cover for The Corporation Wars: DissidenceWith this new found autonomy come new questions about their masters. The robots want answers. The companies would rather see them dead.”

The Corporation Wars: Dissidence is an all-action, colorful space opera giving a robot’s-eye view of a robot revolt.

During an interview, MacLeod further expanded on the novel’s intricate plot:

“It’s a far-future space opera about uploaded dead war criminals conscripted to fight an outbreak of robot sentience in an extrasolar system, and kept sane by copious amounts of R&R in immersive VR environments, some of which are beta-tests of a planned future terraforming and some of which are based on fantasy RPGs. The conflict rapidly becomes much more complicated… but has this been the plan all along, or has a clever stratagem all gone horribly wrong?”

If this sounds like something that gets your gears turning, you can pick up a copy of The Corporation Wars: Dissidence over at Amazon, and also pre-order the second book in the series, Insurgence, as well. Insurgence is currently set for release on December 20th.

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1 Response

  1. Phil

    I’ll give it a peak, although aside from Asimov’s Robot novels ive yet to read anything exceptional about robots. Films like The Machine,Ex Machina, and Ghost in the shell are excellent. The show Humans was quite enjoyable as well.

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