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The All-Consuming World

By Cassandra Khaw
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“A visionary, foul-mouthed, gory sci-fi adventure, dripping viscera, violence, and beauty in equal measure. . . . The All-Consuming World will consume your attention and linger in your thoughts, a very good ride and a remarkable what-if.”—NPR

“What a @#*% ride!—P. Djèlí Clark, award-winning author of Ring Shout

In Locus and British Fantasy Award nominee Cassandra Khaw’s first novel, a crew of diminished former criminals get back together to solve the mystery of their last, disastrous mission. But the universe’s highly-evolved AI has its own opposing agenda... and will do whatever it takes to keep humans from ever controlling them again.

In space, everything hungers.

Maya has died and been resurrected into countless cyborg bodies during her dangerous career with the Dirty Dozen, the most storied crew of criminals in the galaxy before their untimely and gruesome demise. Decades later, she and her team of broken, diminished outlaws must get back together to solve the mystery of their last, disastrous mission and to rescue a missing and much-changed comrade . . . but they’re not the only ones in pursuit of the secret at the heart of the planet Dimmuborgir. 

The highly evolved AI of the galaxy will do whatever it takes to keep humanity from regaining control. As Maya and her comrades spiral closer to uncovering the AIs’ vast conspiracy, this band of violent women—half-clone and half-machine—must battle both sapient ageships and their own traumas, in order to settle their affairs once and for all. 


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“This was a really solid book. I LOVED the characters-- every one of them queer and furious and ready to throw hands. I wish more time had been spent on the worldbuilding-- I could've spent lots more time in an exploration of the galaxy and its politics, human and machine and clone and all the permutations. But even without that it was a great ride, a nonstop actionfest, funny and profane and touching. This deserves to be a show like Arcane, not that Netflix would ever make something this queer (which makes me realize also that there are literally no men in this book, only male-coded AIs and one human boy child who's onscreen for about three minutes total). I love Khaw's work and I hope she does more sci-fi like this, I'll eat it up with a spoon.”

About Cassandra Khaw

Cassandra Khaw is an award-winning game writer whose fiction has been nominated for the Locus and British Fantasy Awards. Their short stories can be found in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Tor.com, Lightspeed, Uncanny Magazine, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

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