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author of Hammered

She wasn’t born for this mission.


She was modified for it.

“Elizabeth Bear is a talent to watch.”—David Brin






The year is 2062, and after years on the run, Jenny Casey is back in the Canadian armed forces. Those who were once her enemies are now her allies, and at fifty, she’s been handpicked for the most important mission of her life—a mission for which her artificially reconstructed body is perfectly suited. With the earth capable of sustaining life for just another century, Jenny must discover brave new worlds as pilot of the starship HMCSS Montreal. And with time running out, she must succeed where others have failed.

Now Jenny is caught in a desperate battle where old resentments become bitter betrayals, and justice takes the cruelest forms of vengeance. With the help of a brilliant AI, an ex-crime lord, and the man she loves, Jenny may just get her chance to save the world. If it doesn’t come to an end first…


Praise for Elizabeth Bear’s HAMMERED:

“Hammered is a very exciting, very polished, very impressive debut novel.” — Mike Resnick

“Gritty, insightful, and daring—Elizabeth Bear is a talent to watch.”—David Brin, author of the Uplift novels and Kiln People

“A gritty and painstakingly well-informed peek inside a future we’d all better hope we don't get, liberally seasoned with VR delights and enigmatically weird alien artifacts. Genevieve Casey is a pleasingly original female lead, fully equipped with the emotional life so often lacking in military SF yet tough and full of noir attitude; old enough by a couple of decades to know better but conflicted enough to engage with the sleazy dynamics of her situation regardless. Out of this basic contrast, Elizabeth Bear builds her future nightmare tale with style and conviction and a constant return to the twists of the human heart.” — Richard Morgan, author of Altered Carbon

“Hammered has it all. Drug wars, hired guns, corporate skullduggery, and bleeding-edge AI, all rolled into one of the best first novels I’ve seen in I don't know how long. This is the real dope!” — Chris Moriarty, author of Spin State

“A glorious hybrid: hard science, dystopian geopolitics, and wide-eyed sense-of-wonder seamlessly blended into a single book. I hate this woman. She makes the rest of us look like amateurs.” — Peter Watts, author of Starfish and Maelstrom

“The language is taut, the characters deep and the scenes positively crackle with energy. Not to mention that this is real science fiction, with rescues from crippled starships and exploration of mysterious alien artifacts and international diplomatic brinksmanship between spacefaring powers China and Canada. Yes, Canada!” — James Patrick Kelly, author of Strange but not a Stranger and Think Like a Dinosaur

“Packed with a colorful panoply of characters, a memorable and likeable anti-heroine, and plenty of action and intrigue, Hammered is a superbly written novel that combines high tech, military industrial politics, and complex morality. There is much to look forward to in new writer Elizabeth Bear.” — Karin Lowachee, Campbell-award nominated author of Warchild

“Even in scenes where there is no violent action, or even much physical action at all, the thoughts and emotions of Ms. Bear’s characters, as well as the dynamic tensions of their relationships, create an impression of feverish activity going on below the surface and liable to erupt into plain view at any moment...The language is terse and vivid, punctuated by ironic asides whose casual brutality—sometimes amusing, sometimes shocking—speaks volumes about these people and their world...This is a superior piece of work by a writer of enviable talents. I look forward to reading more!” — Paul Witcover, author of Waking Beauty

“Hammered is one helluva good novel! Elizabeth Bear writes tight and tough and tender about grittily real people caught up in a highly inventive story of a wild and wooly tomorrow that grabs the reader from the get-go and will not let go. Excitement, intrigue, intelligence—and a sense of wonder, too! Who could ask for anything more?” — James Stevens-Arce, author of Soulsaver, Best First Novel 2000 (Denver Rocky Mountain News)

“In this promising debut novel, Elizabeth Bear deftly weaves thought-provoking ideas into an entertaining and tight narrative.” — Dena Landon, author of Shapeshifter’s Quest

A Companion to Wolves

New Words: 1089 (my half of 2100 and change.)
Total Words: 45,976
Pages: 194

One-Eyed Jack

New Words: 825
Total Words: 52, 443
Pages: 236

Reason for stopping: Sanity break
Mammalian Assistance: Mith begging for pork chop bits and Paladin being obnoxious.
Stimulants: Thé Melange Russe
Exercise: 5.8 miles walked
Mail: rejection from F&SF
Tyop du jour: I can type today, apparently
Books in progress: Ed Sanders, Tales of Beatnik Glory; Nancy Milford, Savage Beauty;
Other writing-related work: none

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