Hey guess what, gentle readers?
Four years ago, I was working as an administrative assistant at UT-Austin; one super-slow day I opened up a Word file and typed, Cat stayed out late catching fireflies in a jar. From there I wrote a half-story/half-outline for a novel I later titled The Mad Scientist’s Daughter.
And now it’s a real-life book that I can hold in my hands!
“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”
He looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.
But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.
Following her acclaimed Young Adult debut for our sister imprint Strange Chemistry, The Assassin’s Curse, the very talented Cassandra Rose Clarke moves on to more adult themes, in a heartbreaking story of love, loss … and robots.
I was told a few months ago that Barnes and Noble will actually be shelving Mad Scientist’s Daughter in the General Fiction section, although I haven’t yet gone to see if this is still the case. I believe Waterstones will be doing the same as well (by the way, the UK release date is February 7). So if you can’t find it in Science Fiction, slink on over to Fiction/Literature.
Although I didn’t do an official blog tour for Mad Scientist’s Daughter, there are a handful of guest posts and interviews scattered around the web in which I talk about the book. Here’s a collected list of current and expected posts. I’ll update links as things come online, so check back!
The Qwillery: I ramble about robot ethics, a topic I’ve literally laid around thinking about for no actual reason.
Starmetal Oak Reviews: I talk about the magic of snow in warmer climates, with a bit about how that magic worked its way into Mad Scientist’s Daughter
My Favorite Bit: Over at Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog, I discuss (one of) my favorite scenes in the book. Also, dancing.
My Book, The Movie: Dream casting The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, with bonus dream director.
Sweet Green Tangerine is offering a giveaway of Mad Scientist’s Daughter! Instructions for how to enter are listed on this post. The winner will be chosen on February 3 at 11:59 EST so you still have plenty of time!
And finally, I’d like to thank everyone who has read and reviewed the book so far. You are all amazing. Here is a skateboarding robot for your trouble: