This evening’s episode of The Event Horizon brings you an intriguing discussion with science fiction author Adam Christopher, the creator of a new genre of fiction: “robot noir”. His novel Made to Kill is the first book in what is initially planned to be a trilogy of novels about a robot detective named Raymond Electromatic. It’s a very intentional nod to Raymond Chandler and the Phillip Marlowe novels, and the world in which Ray operates is as comfortable as an old pair of shoes.
Ray is the state of the art of 1965 robotics – which is ironic, considering that he’s the last operating robot in the world. He is also a private detective, with his license permanently welded to his torso. This is further complicated by the fact that his counterpart, named Ada, has figured out that being a hitman pays a lot better, so Ray leads a strange dual existence. When a strange woman comes to his office with unmarked bars of gold as payment asking him to find – then kill – a movie star, it puts Ray’s two lives into immediate conflict.
Made To Kill is from TOR Books, and has made the Indie Next List. This is rare; science fiction books almost never make this list.
The first story featuring Raymond Electromatic, by the way, is called Brisk Money, and is free to read on the TOR web site.
Tune in this evening a 9 p.m. Pacific / 12 p.m. Eastern time to hear Adam Christopher, with your hosts Gene Turnbow and Susan Fox. The show will repeat on Sunday, 4 p.m. Pacific / 7 p.m. Eastern time, with more repeats at 5 a.m. Pacific / 8 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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