Melissa Scott Dreaming Metal

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Dreaming Metal

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Five years after the Manfred riots, the question of machine intelligence is still a dangerous one on Persephone, and the coolie rights organization Realpeace is not prepared to let it go. For conjurer Celinde Fortune and her musician cousin Fanning Jones, the conflict is a distant one -- until the murder of a popular musician raises the stakes even for the most determinedly uninvolved. And when Fortune acquires a new Spelvin construct to manage her magic act --one originally owned by an FTL pilot named Reverdy Jian -- she is thrust suddenly into the middle of the problem. Because this construct is something different, and that difference can get them all killed.

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In this sequel to Dreamships, Melissa Scott tackles the concept of artificial intelligence and how it will impact society. Not the theoretical society of chess playing and super computing, but the gritty society where coolie laborers struggle for existence, and where political groups fight their battles on the streets through protests, riots, and bombings. Scott uses three characters--a high-tech stage magician, her deaf cousin who plays in a struggling band, and a starship pilot with a deep distrust for the artificial constructs she must work with--to explore her intense, if slow moving, future.

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A science fiction fan from the age of eleven and a science fiction writer since 1984, Melissa Scott is from Little Rock, Arkansas. She has a PhD. in comparative history program. In 1986, she won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 1995 and 1996 the Lambda Literary Award for Gay/Lesbian Science Fiction. She won again in collaboration with Lisa A. Barnett in 2002. Melissa Scott lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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