Emergent Properties

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St. Martins Press-3PL
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.3 inches | 0.32 pounds

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About the Author
Aimee Ogden is an American werewolf in the Netherlands. Her debut novella, Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters, was a 2021 Nebula Finalist, and her short story "A Flower Cannot Love the Hand" was a finalist for the Eugie Foster Memorial Award. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Lightspeed, Fantasy Magazine, Analog, Clarkesworld, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She's also the co-editor of Translunar Travelers Lounge, a magazine of fun and optimistic speculative fiction. Emergent Properties is her third novella.

Praise for Emergent Properties

"A thoroughly delightful read, featuring complex and chewy family dynamics and a snarky AI sleuth. If you're missing your Murderbot fix, Emergent Properties is a worthy successor."--Sarah Pinsker, Nebula Award-winning author of A Song for a New Day

"An enjoyable thriller/mystery which hits all the marks of a Dashiell Hammett but in a new, AI sort-of-way. . .Emergent Properties is a short laser-focused packet of fun that even packs a message about what it means to be human--or at least what it means to have human parents."--The Wall Street Journal

"Pin-sharp, effortlessly brilliant, and endlessly engaging, Emergent Properties manages the impossible task of satisfying readers on the hunt for hard sci-fi, twisty mysteries, and deep relationships. It truly does it all. And Scorn zirself is one of the most absorbing characters I've ever encountered in science fiction."--Premee Mohamed, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author of And What Can We Offer You Tonight

"Aimee Ogden and Scorn take us on a mind-expanding journey that explores the limits of intelligence and emotion. A compassionate, funny, relentless search for answers that raises many deep, beautiful questions."--Samit Basu, author of The City Inside

"A twisty mystery that doubles as a potent, surprising, and necessary exploration of the many issues that arise from AI's ever-increasing presence in the world."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Perfect for Murderbot fans."--Library Journal, starred review & May 2023 SFF Pick Of the Month

"A taut and compelling mystery with a surprising yet satisfying conclusion. SF fans will appreciate this intriguing, tightly plotted novella."--Kirkus

"Combines the best parts of Becky Chambers' lovable android characters and Annalee Newitz's hopeful but nuanced futures."--Ancillary Review of Books

"An impressive addition to the AI-as-central-character canon. It's both character-driven and a fast-paced investigation. I'm looking forward to more crunchy stories from Ogden."--Locus

Praise for Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters

"Absolutely gorgeous and deeply moving, this novella is familiar and strange at the same time, like a new interpretation of a beloved recipe."--Seanan McGuire

"A taut, heartfelt intergalactic fairy tale, with cosmic and personal vision."--Max Gladstone

"Familiar and fresh, intimate and expansive -- a fairy tale flung into the future."--Kerstin Hall

"Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters is a short page-turner that feels epic in its world-building craft and the depth of its protagonists. At once a fairy-tale retelling and a lyrical space opera, it straddles many genres to tell one nostalgic yet utterly new story."--Booklist

"Poetic, emotional prose and a science fiction setting give an original twist to an old fairy tale. Ogden [...] takes "The Little Mermaid" to outer space and imagines the desires beyond love and land. This novella will tug at the heart of every reader."--Library Journal

"This novella will leave readers eager for more from Ogden."--Shelf Awareness