(Dead Ink & Ink Lines, 2012)
A top 10 hit in Amazon’s SF download chart (Oct 2012).
‘A brilliant retro-futurist account’ – Metropolis/2520
‘Horrific yet brilliant. Loved it.’ – Amazon.co.uk
‘Excellent. I couldn’t put it down for a second’ – Comply or Die
‘Very cleverly written, very realistic’ – GoodReads
A Cold War odyssey set in the retro-futurist Moscow of 1969.
Marina Mernova, a KGB officer and older sister to little Leon, is given a simple mission: to find a missing scientist of high value to the Soviet space programme.
1960s Russia is a land of rockets and shortages, a utopia with a paranoid underbelly – and Marina’s search uncovers a chilling experiment that will shatter the limits of humanity and longevity.
The mission threatens to engulf her, tearing her family and her life apart, as the Cold War superpower seeks to create a new class of Soviet citizen – a deep space traveller that is neither human nor machine.
Read Richard’s Dead Ink Books blog post on Utopia.
Read about Richard’s 2010 research visit to Moscow and Star City.
THE SORBER & FOX NOVELS
Machine Nation (Figo Books, 2002), Robophobia (Figo Books, 2004) and Exilium (Figo Books, 2008) are now out of print.