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About Yudhanjaya Wijeratne
Yudhanjaya Wijeratne is the Nebula Award-nominated author of Numbercaste, The Inhuman Race, and several other stories. He works as a researcher with the Data, Algorithms and Policy team at LIRNEasia, a think tank working across the Global South; he also cofounded Watchdog Sri Lanka, a factchecker.
Find him online at www.yudhanjaya.com or @yudhanjaya on Twitter.
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An AI overseer and a human crew arrive on a distant planet to salvage an ancient UN starship. The overseer is unhappy. The crew, well, they're certainly no A-team. Not even a C-team on the best of days.
And worse? Urmahon Beta, the planet, is at the ass-end of nowhere. Everybody expects this to be a long, ugly, and thankless job.
Then it all goes disastrously wrong. What they thought was an uninhabited backwater turns out to be anything but empty. Megafauna roam the land, a rival crew with some terrifyingly high-powered gear haunts the dig site, and a secret that will change humanity forever is waiting in the darkness.
Stuck on this unmapped, hostile planet, lacking resources, and with tech built by the cheapest bidder, the salvage crew must engineer their way to payday...and beat Urmahon Beta before it kills them all.
Experience this space exploration adventure told from the perspective of a snarky artificial intelligence you won't soon forget. It's perfect for fans of The Martian, Red Dwarf, Firefly, and We Are Legion (We Are Bob).
When Patrick Udo is offered a job at NumberCorp, he packs his bags and goes to the Valley. After all, the 2030s are a difficult time, and jobs are rare. Little does he know that he's joining one of the most ambitious undertakings of his time or any other.
NumberCorp, crunchingthrough vast amounts of social network data, is building a new society - one where everyone's social circles are examined, their activities quantified, and their importance distilled into the all-powerful Number. A society where everything from your home to your education to entry at the local nightclub depends on an app that states exactly how important you are. As NumberCorp rises in power and in influence, the questions start coming in. What would you do to build the perfect state? And how far is too far?
It is the year 2034 A.D. Imagine that the British Empire never fell. Communism never happened. Britain conquered all that stood in her way, destroying the rebellions of the Americas and the British Raj.
Now the Angels Interitus orbit the earth, ready to wipe out entire cities at a moment's notice with their tungsten bombs, and the dreadnoughts known as the Tin Soldiers march on all who would stand in Her Majesty's path.
In the middle of these grand and great political games, a little island called Ceylon floats peacefully in the waters of the Indian Ocean. Those who invaded it saw only the ruins of empire, and spent their lives planting tea and building holiday bungalows here. But Ceylon is far from peaceful. Many things have happened.
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This anthology features nineteen stories from bestselling, award-winning, and emerging authors, and includes brand new, never-before seen stories from Jim Butcher's, "Dresden Files," Robert Asprin's "The Myth-Adventures" by Jody Lynn Nye, and Neo Edmund's "Red Riding Alpha Huntress Chronicles."
And yet there will always be those - even in the future - who will covet what others possess, or who are driven to acts of violence through rage or design. And there will always be those who seek justice for those crimes.
From Samuel Peralta, "Chronicle Worlds: Crime and Punishment" brings together Nebula Award nominee Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist Michael Patrick Hicks, and some of the most exciting new voices in speculative fiction to explore the boundaries of transgression and justice in the future.
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Built on the Tielhard hypothesis, this new short story from Yudhanjaya Wijeratne explores the birth of a universe surprisingly like ours, but with a difference: this one is home to a God so vast It uses stars as information storage and black holes as compute nodes. All alone in the darkness, the Alpha and Omega nudges this new world, dissatisfied, in search of the one thing that might ease Its ultimate loneliness: civilization.
A dark, witty tale about alcoholism, black hole physics and human nature, the Slow Sad Suicide has been heralded as one of the finest science fiction shorts to comeout of Sri Lanka, and a treat for fans of Douglas Adams and Ted Chiang.
It’s 2054, where memory hackers carve up your mind and the religious wear impenetrable skins.
Explore the ocean depths with AI-enhanced octopods. Learn your past might not be what you remember, and fall in love across an impenetrable divide.
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This box set includes:Deep Ocean Blues – Yudhanjaya Wijeratne
In the Bay of Bengal, no one can hear you scream.
When Parul signed up to work on Rig #443 thousands of feet beneath the ocean, she expected to make it out unharmed. But bitter truths lurk in the depths … and soon Parul’s survival is at stake.The Memory Hacker – JT Lawrence
Be careful what you remember.
A robodoctor shocks Talia by telling her she's given birth before. Talia's sure the AI is glitching, but it's stirred something deep in her memory. Will she risk remembering?Melting Shlemiel – Jason Werbeloff
What would you sacrifice to be free?
Shlemiel discovers a way to melt his impenetrable skin, but at a terrible cost. How will he choose between sacrificing his happiness and the safety of those he loves?
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