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Unsong by Scott Alexander

Kabbalah is true, all patterns are meaningful, and the world runs on a combination of strained analogy and wordplay. Big Silicon Valley corporations copyright the Names of God and make a killing. International diplomats transform the ancient conflict between Heaven and Hell into a US-Soviet proxy war. An autistic archangel and his eight-year old apprentice laboriously debug the laws of . . .

A serialized novel, updating weekly.
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Agents Provocateurs by Tama Wise

In the near future, New Zealand is the Free Republic of Oceania. In a world of mega-corporations, where mankind has harnessed the computational power of the human brain, a golden new age of utopia is but a few elusive steps away. This is the story of the Agency that is working to stop it. . . .

An ongoing series, with new episodes weekly.
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Urban Reverie by coffeegalaxies

Pretty things are worth fighting for.

The megacity of Throne has the highest mortality rates in all of Oeuvre. Neon-lit signs replace torches and gaslamps. Concrete monuments and soaring glass obelisks replace wizard’s towers and grand mansions. Bars and nightclubs replace taverns and inns. In the Third Age, Tekhnika Era 2077: 1st of Nymph, begins the story of two strange creatures bound together by . . .

An ongoing series, with new episodes weekly.
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The Firewall Saga by Braden Russell

Cyborg zombies, virtual realities, wisecracking mercenaries, and a sentient computer virus named Weedly who likes cowboy hats, 80s music, and playing God.

Soon after cybernetic neural implants became mandatory for all StratosCorp citizens, the Weedly computer virus was unleashed. Allegedly designed by an underground anti-Cybernetics cult, Weedly swept the nation, turning anyone equipped with neural cybernetics into an Infect–a mindless killer drone. Now, the remaining population of the world huddles behind the Firewalls, areas of the globe designed to keep Weedly . . .

A serialized novel, updating twice weekly.
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Static Breaker by Christian Martin

Static Breaker is a series of episodic short stories set in a near-future China. Caleb Wenright is being observed. Someone known only as Lucidity has shown an interest in him. He has no idea why – he’s just a normal 16 year old – but he intends to find out. Is Lucidity a hacker, a corporate thief, or something completely . . .

An ongoing series, with new episodes weekly.
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The Know Circuit by Gary A. Ballard

A serialized cyberpunk blog novel, The Know Circuit by Gary A. Ballard is the sequel to Under the Amoral Bridge. Artemis Bridge is the connection for all your illicit needs. But when his bodyguard’s grandmother goes missing in a mysterious explosion in Boulder, Colorado, Bridge is forced to ditch his self-interest to help a friend. But as they approach the . . .

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Running Silver by DrTemptragon

An augmented Corruption Bureau accountant, whose hobby is participating in the semi-illegal competitions known as Running, gets caught up in a fight between megacorporations. . . .

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Bone Wires by Michael Shean

The Spine Thief Awaits

In the wasteland of commercial culture that is future America, police are operated not by government but by private companies. In Seattle, that role is filled by Civil Protection, and Daniel Gray is a detective in Homicide Solutions. What used to be considered an important – even glamorous – department for public police is very different for the corporate . . .

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Kat and Mouse: Guns for Hire by Abner Senires

When the going gets tough, the tough shoot back.

It’s 2042 in the California Free State metroplex of Bay City. Kat and Mouse are a pair of ronin—guns for hire—trying to eke out a living. They have the skill. They have the will. And they have the bad habit of getting in over their heads. Which usually means run-ins with rival ronin, punkergangs, the mob, the . . .

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Starwalker by Melanie Edmonds

A ship's log, as told by the ship

The Starwalker is a starship with an experimental star-stepping drive. Designed to use the gravity wells of stars to fold space, she can travel between star systems faster than FTL. That is, if they can get it to work. She is run by a sophisticated AI who doesn’t always follow her programming. She has only just been born, and . . .

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Memories of Rain by Catar

A proto-cyberpunk thriller

A proto-cyberpunk thriller set in near-future Seattle. Kara is an assassin for a dominant Seattle gang, with some unique physical attributes. Her real eye, long since lost to her, has been replaced with a mechanical upgrade that makes her unique and especially deadly. In a city beginning to decay she eliminates her targets as a loyal gun-for-hire, but after discovering . . .

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Street by Ryan A. Span

Street is a fast-paced online/print cyberpunk thriller about a woman alone in a dystopian future, Gina, working to make ends meet like the rest of the new underclass — by taking a powerful drug that gives her telepathic abilities. She skirts the edges of sanity when she takes a job she knows she really shouldn’t, and finds herself embroiled deeper . . .

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KAT AND MOUSE: GUNS FOR HIRE

Hot. Damn.

By Eli James, editor

Oct 8, 2009: I enjoyed Kat and Mouse. Fast. Funny. Lots of blood between paragraphs. Read it while liveblogging at The Dispatch. Kept me entertained.

Damn.

Abner Senires has the skills. The chops, as they say in the biz. Writing reads snappy. Characters a little on the diptzy side, though. Lots of action. Good light reading. Very little commas.

Hard to imagine it as a book.

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STARWALKER

A Paradox of Structure

By Loribeth215, author of The Daughters of Warring

Feb 17, 2010: Starwalker is an engaging concept—-an AI of a computer telling the story of not only the ship, but her crew.

As a reader,I find Starwalker intriguing for two reasons: she’s a perfect omnipotent narrartor, seeing into the shadows and reading into the things that go on around (and literally inside) of her. She has presence, but very little ability to affect what she sees.

In the opening chapter, Starwalker struggles to conceptualize [more . . .]

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