By Al Robertson
Meet Hugo Fist. The most terrifying and enticing AI to grace SF since the works of Al Reynolds and Hannu Rajaniemi.
A diamond-hard, visionary new SF thriller. Nailed-down cyberpunk ala William Gibson for the 21st century meets the vivid dark futures of Al Reynolds in this extraordinary debut novel.
With Earth abandoned, humanity resides on Station, an industrialised asteroid run by the sentient corporations of the Pantheon. Under their leadership a war has been raging against the Totality - ex-Pantheon AIs gone rogue.
With the war over, Jack Forster and his sidekick Hugo Fist, a virtual ventriloquist's dummy tied to Jack's mind and created to destroy the Totality, have returned home.
Labelled a traitor for surrendering to the Totality, all Jack wants is to clear his name but when he discovers two old friends have died under suspicious circumstances he also wants answers. Soon he and Fist are embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not only their future but all of humanity's. But with Fist's software licence about to expire, taking Jack's life with it, can they bring down the real traitors before their time runs out?
Al Robertson has had short stories and poems published in various magazines and anthologies. His work has been shortlisted for the BSFA Short Story Award and longlisted for the British Fantasy Awards. Al Robertson is a Creative Consultant on branding. He lives in Brighton and Crashing Heaven was his first novel.
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18 Jun 2015
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A stylish blend of techno thriller and hard SF — SFX
Seriously satisfying cyberpunk action meets thoughtful moral philosophy with a dash of detective noir and a supersized side of striking science - the year's best debut to date, and make no mistake — Tor.com
One of the most unusual books I've read this year ... could be the start of something that is going to be very big indeed — SFF World
Jam packed with innovative ideas and fresh approaches to storytelling, Crashing Heaven could just be the one book that everyone will talk about in 2015 — Upcoming 4 Me
Just plain awesome — The Book Plank
Come for the running through corridors shooting things, or for the altering virtual realities to break into secured areas, and stay for the quiet conversations between a man and the AI which will eventually kill him. Very much worth the read — SF&F Reviews
In short: read the book; it's awesome. Crashing Heaven is a hardboiled detective novel set in an unparalleled cyberpunk space that stars a jaded accountant who has a virtual, psychotic puppet attached to his mind...what's not to like? — Bookbeard Reads
bizarre, intelligent and, above all, something new — Interzone
A spellbinding rugged addition to cyberpunk and science fiction literature in general — Starburst Magazine