Degrees Of Freedom
By Simon Morden
The Six Degrees of Samuel Petrovitch: * Michael is an AI of incalculable complexity trapped under the remains of Oshicora Tower. Petrovitch will free him one day; he just has to trust Michael will still be sane by the time he does.* Maddy and Petrovitch have trust issues. But Petrovitch is pretty sure she loves him.* Sonja Oshicora loves Petrovitch too. But she's playing a complicated game and it's not clear that she means to save him from what's coming.* The CIA wants to save the world. Well, just America, but they'll call it what they like.* The New Machine Jihad is calling. But Petrovitch killed it. Didn't he?* And the Armageddonists tried to kill pretty much everyone by blowing the world up. Now, they want to do it again.Once again, all roads lead back to Petrovitch. Everyone wants something from him, but all he wants is to be free . . .
By Ken MacLeod
The Second Sphere is thousands of light years away from Earth - if Earth still exists. For Matt Cairns and the cosmonauts of the Bright Star, this distant corner of the galaxy is their new home.But the Second Sphere is also home to other civilisations, lifted from their worlds by a race of god-like aliens. On Croatan, two of these civilisations live a precarious co-existence, separated by eons of technological advance. The arrival of the Bright Star is an event that may trigger disaster, for this is the first human-crewed starship to arrive at the ancient colony.And all the time, hidden among the stars, the gods are watching. They have always been watching.Find out more about this title and others at www.orbitbooks.co.uk