An novel of hard SF exploring the nature of identity both inherited and engineered, from one of Britain's most acclaimed new talents. In the near future, when medical nanotechnology has made it possible to map a model of the living human brain, radical psychologist Natalie Armstrong sees her work suddenly become crucial to a cutting-edge military project for creating comprehensive mind-control. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Jude Westhorpe, FBI specialist, is tracking a cold war defector long involved in everything from gene sequencing to mind-mapping. But his investigation has begun to affect matters of national security -- throwing Jude and Natalie together as partners in trouble. Deep trouble from every direction. This fascinating novel explores the nature of humanity in the near future, and how technologies can develop whose power and potential demand that we adapt ourselves to their existence - whatever the price.
Justina Robson was one of the two first winners of the amazon.co.uk Writer's Bursary in 2000. She has written a variety of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels and has been multiply shortlisted for various international awards including the Arthur C Clarke Award. She has taught creative writing at the Arvon Foundation and will be teaching Clarion West, the SF and Fantasy Masterclass programme in 2013.