Celia's body is not her own, but even her conscious mind can barely tell the difference. Living on the cutting edge of biomechanical science was supposed to allow her to lead a normal life in a near-perfect copy of her physical self while awaiting a cure for a rare and deadly genetic disorder.
But a bioandroid isn't a real person. Not according to the protesters outside Celia's house, her coworkers, or even her wife. Not according to her own evolving view of herself. As she begins to strip away the human affectations and inhibitions programmed into her new body, the chasm between the warm pains of flesh-and-blood life and the chilly comfort of the machine begins to deepen. Love, passion, reality, and memory war within Celia's body until she must decide whether to betray old friends or new ones in the choice between human and machine.
To buy Machine:
"I'm not sure anyone else could take material like posthuman politics, kinky sex and body modification, and explicit metaphors for the abortion debate and euthanasia, and turn it all into a heartrending love story, but Jennifer Pelland nails the dismount every time."
—NK Jemisin, Hugo-nominated author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
"The novel is unrelenting, driven by Pelland's unflinching eye and her absolute willingness to shatter her very vulnerable, not very emotionally resilient protagonist. It's a powerful novel, certain to emerge as one of the best of the year. I'll be remembering it next award season."
—Adam-Troy Castro, SCI FI Magazine
"Jennifer Pelland's MACHINE is the kind of book that sticks in your soul. The story and characters sink under your skin and challenge the way you think and haunt you long afterwards. This is what science fiction is meant to be."
—Lyda Morehouse, author of Resurrection Code and Archangel Protocol
Reviews, Interviews, and Guest Essays
- Goodreads Reviews
- AreCafe, June 2013 (Guest Essay on writing transgender characters)
- Women and Words, April 2013 (Guest Essay on marriage equality)
- Locus Online, June 2012 (Review)
- Disquieting Visions, March 2012 (Guest Essay on Unhappy Endings)
- Explorations: The BN SciFi and Fantasy Blog, March 2012 (Review)
- Outer Alliance, March 2012 (Podcast)
- SF Signal, March 2012 (Guest Essay on Google on your Glasses and the End of Privacy)
- Suvudu, March 2012 (Guest Essay on mechanical immortality)
- Read by Ryan, February 2012 (Review)
- Val's Random Comments, February 2012 (Review)
- Dale Phillips, February 2012 (Interview)
- Dale Philips, February 2012 (Review)
- SF Signal, February 2012 (Podcast)
- Bibrary Book Lust, February 2012 (Review)
- Laughing at the Abyss, February 2012 (Interview)
- Outer Alliance, January 2012 (Guest Essay on the falsehood of binaries)
- Apex Magazine, December 2011 (Interview)