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 bioiandroid 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.
"Intensely provocative and deeply disturbing, Pelland’s Machine is simply an unforgettable - and potentially nightmare-inducing - read. In a word: twisted." (Paul Goat Allen)
"Machine is a solid novel that marries both lofty ideas and gritty human drama in unexpected ways. Look past the cover." (Adrienne Martini, Locus Online)
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