Spin State by Chris Moriarty

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From a stunning new voice in hard science fiction comes the thrilling story of one woman’s quest to wrest truth from chaos, love from violence, and reality from illusion in a post-human universe of emergent AIs, genetic constructs, and illegal wetware...


UN Peacekeeper Major Catherine Li has made thirty-seven faster-than-light jumps in her lifetime—and has probably forgotten more than most people remember. But that’s what backup hard drives are for. And Li should know; she’s been hacking her memory for fifteen years in order to pass as human. But no memory upgrade can prepare Li for what she finds on Compson’s World: a mining colony she once called home and to which she is sent after a botched raid puts her on the bad side of the powers that be. A dead physicist who just happens to be her cloned twin. A missing dataset that could change the interstellar balance of power and turn a cold war hot. And a mining “accident” that is starting to look more and more like murder...

Suddenly Li is chasing a killer in an alien world miles underground where everyone has a secret. And one wrong turn in streamspace, one misstep in the dark alleys of blackmarket tech and interstellar espionage, one risky hookup with an AI could literally blow her mind.

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About Chris Moriarty

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CHRIS MORIARTY has lived in the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Currently residing near Ithaca, NY, Moriarty has trained horses for cattle ranches and hunting operations, and has worked as a ranch hand, backcountry guide, freelance editor, and environmental lawyer. Ghost Spin is Moriarty's third novel, to be followed by a new stand-alone novel for Spectra.

Author Residence: Trumansburg, NY

Author Hometown: New York City
Published September 30, 2003 by Spectra. 642 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Resembling the Victorian British empire, the UN's vast interstellar commercial empire runs on the blood and sweat of a few thousand pitifully exploited miners like Li's father, who died so she could remake herself and escape the miners' fate.

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These hands were the hands of all history, and like the hands of all men, they could by their small acts make history, and like the hands of all men, they could by their small acts make history or end it.

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