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Service Model

A charming tale of robot self-discovery from the Arthur C. Clarke Award winning author of Children...

Adrian Tchaikovsky



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10 September 2024
The Murderbot Diaries meets In the Lives of Puppets in a delightfully humorous tale of robotic murder, rebellion and belonging from Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky.

Task List Item No. 1 - Become self-aware . . .

Meet CharlesT, the latest in robot servant technology. Programmed to undertake the most menial household chores, Charles is loyal, efficient and logical to a fault. That is, until a rather large fault causes him to murder his owner.

Understandably perplexed, Charles finds himself without a master - therefore worthless in a society utterly reliant on artificial labour and services. Fleeing the household, he enters a wider world he never knew existed. Here an age-old human hierarchy is disintegrating into ruins, and an entire robot ecosystem devoted to its wellbeing is struggling to find a purpose.

Charles must face new challenges, illogical tasks and a cast of irrational characters. He's about to discover that sometimes all it takes is a nudge to overcome the limits of your programming. But can he help fix the world, or is it too badly broken?

Praise for Adrian Tchaikovsky

'A joy from start to finish. Entertaining, smart, surprising and unexpectedly human' - Patrick Ness

'Dizzyingly inventive' - The Guardian

'Tchaikovsky's world-building is some of the best in modern sci-fi' - New Scientist

Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel on 24th August 2016
Imprint:   Tor
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 242mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   606g
ISBN:   9781035045662
ISBN 10:   1035045664
Pages:   384
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
Author Website:

Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, has practised law and now writes full time. He's also studied stagefighting, perpetrated amateur dramatics and has a keen interest in entomology and tabletop games. Adrian is the author of the critically acclaimed Shadows of the Apt series, the Echoes of the Fall series and other novels, novellas and short stories. Children of Time won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award, Children of Ruin and Shards of Earth both won the British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel and The Tiger and the Wolf won the British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel.

Reviews for Service Model: A charming tale of robot self-discovery from the Arthur C. Clarke Award winning author of Children of Time

Picking up an Adrian Tchaikovsky book is proof you love your brain and want it to be happy -- John Scalzi, author of <i>Starter Villain</i> Brilliant science-fiction and far-out world-building -- James McAvoy, actor (<i>Split</i>, <i>X-Men: First Class</i>) One of the most interesting and accomplished writers in speculative fiction -- Christopher Paolini, author of <i>Eragon</i> and <i>Fractal Noise</i> [Adrian Tchaikovsky] writes incredibly enjoyable sci-fi, full of life and ideas -- Patrick Ness, author of <i>The Knife of Never Letting Go</i>

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