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3.5 

The Outside

By Ada Hoffmann
The Outside by Ada Hoffmann digital book - Fable

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Humanity’s super-intelligent AI Gods brutally punish breaches in reality, as one young scientist discovers, in this intense and brilliant space opera.

Autistic scientist Yasira Shien has developed a radical new energy drive that could change the future of humanity. But when she activates it, reality warps, destroying the space station and everyone aboard. The AI Gods who rule the galaxy declare her work heretical, and Yasira is abducted by their agents. Instead of simply executing her, they offer mercy – if she’ll help them hunt down a bigger target: her own mysterious, vanished mentor. With her homeworld’s fate in the balance, Yasira must choose who to trust: the gods and their ruthless post-human angels, or the rebel scientist whose unorthodox mathematics could turn her world inside out. 

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Science Fiction [ False Gods | Angel Inside | Autistic in Space | Here be Monsters ]

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“One of the better modern scifi books i’ve read in awhile. In a future world where humans are governed by “gods and their angels” who put tight restrictions of scientific advancements and computational theories— our autistic (and queer) main character has developed a way around the regulations to advance human technology. But something goes wrong! Abducted by a god, she is forced into hard choices and the light of truth to fix the heresy she caused! Note here: this is not a religious book. If you enjoyed ninefox gambit, this book has reminiscent themes and style.”
“Very good start to the series. This book is mysterious and space-y with elements of science and AI mixed in. I love the neurodivergent characters.”

About Ada Hoffmann

ADA HOFFMANN is a Canadian graduate student trying to teach computers to write poetry. Their acclaimed speculative short stories and poems have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov's, Uncanny, and two year's best anthologies. Ada was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at 13, and is passionate about autistic self-advocacy. They are a former semi-professional soprano, a tabletop gamer and an active LARPer. They live in southern Ontario with a very polite black cat.

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