My new SF book Minerva Century was published almost two weeks ago. This new book takes place in a far future where mankind has relocated to a new planet and a number of large space stations around it. Mankind leaves Earth after a brutal final world war, they take with them cyborg men and women who held it happen.
In the book I hope that I am clear in that these are not robots which look like men and women, they are not mosly robotic, but a uncomfortable mix of man and machine.
The lead character Dale is a cyborg patrol crew officer on a galactic patrol ship. He was born a man and lived until into his forties when he was changed and upgraded for military reasons. He is a hard working, proud patrol crew cyborg but he knows he is not what he used to be. There are many more like him and they exist on their own very basic rock of a planet Cycle One near to the space stations.
They are upgraded, repaired, maintained in good condition but they also have their minds edited, memories taken, removed. Dale is over a century old, he knows this is true. He knows that their are many parts of his own life he does not recall but it has not troubled him-until now.
In the book I look at some ideas about what makes us human, how much we may physically and mentally change before we are less human and more artificial or more machine. Would it be good to live much longer if we loose our natural biological bodies, our own human memories and minds?
Minerva Century is out now in paperback, ebook and hardback from all good bookshops. Orbital Kin also available.