ONE OF AMAZON’S BEST SFF BOOKS OF THE MONTH, APRIL 2020
ONE OF AMAZON’S BEST SFF BOOKS OF 2020, SO FAR
Corey J. White’s debut novel Repo Virtual blurs the lines between the real and virtual in an action-packed cyberpunk heist story.
The city of Neo Songdo is a Russian doll of realities — augmented and virtual spaces anchored in the weight of the real. The smart city is designed to be read by machine vision while people see only the augmented facade of the corporate ideal. At night the stars are obscured by an intergalactic virtual war being waged by millions of players, while on the streets below people are forced to beg, steal, and hustle to survive.
Enter Julius Dax, online repoman and real-life thief. He’s been hired for a special job: stealing an unknown object from a reclusive tech billionaire. But when he finds out he’s stolen the first sentient AI, his payday gets a lot more complicated.
“Repo Virtual constructs a stunningly vivid cyberpunk world that blurs the line between illusion and reality, dripping with the neon panache of a technological juggernaut in an action packed heist that’ll steal your heart with ideas that are as revealing as they are powerful.” —Peter Tieryas
“A richly imagined, futuristic stand-alone with appeal to gamers, SF fans, and armchair futurists alike.” —Kirkus Reviews
“What follows is an action-driven plot that, perhaps not surprisingly, bears some resemblance to William Gibson’s latest novel, Agency. It seems as though cyberpunk is not only back but may have come full circle.” —Toronto Star
“If I had to list four cyberpunkish books you had to read, I’d probably give you Neuromancer, Snowcrash, Equations of Life (Simon Morden), and now…Repo Virtual by Corey J. White.” —Amazing Stories
“White twists the volume up, both dramatizing and warning against unchecked AI. What lingers is an important observation: no culture can retain its power and sanity when there are no noncynical eyes to see it. Cyberpunk and general sf readers will enjoy and even learn from this one.” —Library Journal
“Repo Virtual sets itself apart with its gleeful heart and underdog charm.” —BookPage Starred Review
Order the Repo Virtual hardcover at your local bookshop (just quote ISBN: 9781250218728), or at your favourite online retailer. Find more information at the Tor.com Publishing page.
The VoidWitch Saga
Mars Xi can kill you with her mind, but she’ll need more than psychic powers to save her in Killing Gravity, the thrilling science fiction space adventure debut by Corey J. White.
Before she escaped in a bloody coup, MEPHISTO transformed Mariam Xi into a deadly voidwitch. Their training left her with terrifying capabilities, a fierce sense of independence, a deficit of trust, and an experimental pet named Seven. She’s spent her life on the run, but the boogeymen from her past are catching up with her. An encounter with a bounty hunter has left her hanging helpless in a dying spaceship, dependent on the mercy of strangers.
Penned in on all sides, Mariam chases rumors to find the one who sold her out. To discover the truth and defeat her pursuers, she’ll have to stare into the abyss and find the secrets of her past, her future, and her terrifying potential.
Read the first two chapters at the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog.
Otherwise, you can simply ask for your local bookstore to order it in for you. Just quote the title, and the ISBN (Killing Gravity, Paperback ISBN: 9780765396310, eBook: 9780765395085, CD Audio: 9781980013181, eAudio: 9781980013198) and the staff will no doubt be happy to help you.
Mars Xi is a living weapon, a genetically-manipulated psychic supersoldier with a body count in the thousands, and all she wanted was to be left alone. People who get involved with her get hurt, whether by MEPHISTO, by her psychic backlash, or by her acid tongue. It’s not smart to get involved with Mars, but that doesn’t stop some people from trying.
The last time MEPHISTO came for Mars they took one of her friends with them. That was a mistake. A force hasn’t been invented that can stop a voidwitch on a rampage, and Mars won’t rest until she’s settled her debts.
Read an excerpt at the Barnes & Noble SFF Blog.
Otherwise, ask your local bookstore to order it in for you. Just quote the title, and the ISBN (Void Black Shadow, Paperback ISBN: 9780765396938, eBook: 9780765396921, CD Audio: 9781980013150, eAudio: 9781980013167) and the staff will no doubt begrudgingly help you out.
Mars Xi is on the run, a bounty on her head and a kill count on her conscience. All she has left are her mutant cat Ocho and her fellow human weapon Pale, a young boy wracked by seizures who can kill with a thought. She needs him treated, and she needs to escape, and the only thread left to pull is her frayed connection to her father, Marius Teo. That thread will take her to the outskirts of the galaxy, to grapple with witch-cults and privately-owned planets, and into the hands of the man who engineered her birth.
Read an excerpt at Barnes & Noble.
Otherwise, you can simply ask for your local bookstore to order it in for you. Just quote the title, and the ISBN (Static Ruin, Paperback ISBN: 9781250195548, eBook: 9781250195531, CD Audio: 9781980014706, eAudio: 9781980014805) and the staff will do the rest. Well, they probably won’t read it to you, but apart from that, they’ll take care of you.
Brisbane/SEQ – Hit up Pulp Fiction in the CBD. They’ve been great supporters of my work, and are one of the few genre-specialist bookshops in the country, so if you’re local support them.
Sydney – Galaxy Bookshop should be your best bet at finding my books, as they’re the sci-fi and fantasy specialists in town.
Melbourne – Check out the fantastic Brunswick Bound – they might even have signed copies still. You can also check out Readings, which is a brilliant chain of indie bookshops. Not sure if they’ll actively be carrying my books, but they’ll be able to order them in for you.
Australia-wide – QBD did a fantastic job supporting me and the other authors at Supanova on my tours. You may even find signed copies in-store or online.
Fuschia Thought – Neo-Opsis Magazine, Issue Twenty-Eight.
Happy Hunting Ground – Ecopunk! Anthology from Ticonderoga Publications.
MechaDeath – Oh Nothing Press
Exopunk’s Not Dead – A Punk Rock Future Anthology from Zsenon Publishing.
Land of the Free – Medium
February 27, 2017 – New York Burning: Five Books About the Collapse of New York City
March 3rd, 2017 – No Sleep ’til Beerlight: The Brilliant and Bizarre Science Fiction of Steve Aylett
May 9th, 2017 – Cats In Spaaaaace!
May 15th, 2017 – The One Book That’s Tattooed on Both My Arms
October 2017 – A Long Time Ago: Corey J. White on the Mind-Blowing Power of Thrawn
April 16th, 2018 – Stephen King’s The Long Walk and the Art of Dystopian Simplicity
May 24th, 2018 – Five Unforgettable Prisons in Science Fiction and Fantasy
May 31st, 2018 – The Ship of Theseus Reveals a lot about Sci-fi
2018 – Creeper Magazine – Blackbird, on buying war as a child.
September 1st, 2019 – Telepathy
April 20th, 2020 – Five Cyberpunk Books About the Now
January 13th, 2017 – Talking Killing Gravity at Civilian Reader
May 9th, 2017 – Talking Killing Gravity with Paul Semel
May 26th, 2017 – Talking Killing Gravity with Alasdair Stuart
March 26th, 2018 – Talking Void Black Shadow with Paul Semel
June 2018 – Profile written by m1k3y, published in Aurealis Magazine Issue #111
November 5th, 2018 – Talking Static Ruin with Paul Semel
May 12th, 2020 – Talking Repo Virtual at Nerds of a Feather
June 18th, 2020 – Talking Repo Virtual with Fantasy Hive
June 30th, 2020 – Australian SF Snapshot 2020
Talking Snowpiercer and Parasite on Struggle Session
1st May, 2020 – Talking Repo Virtual on the Nerd Feuilleton Podcast (Most of the podcast is in German, but the part with me (in English) begins around the 54min mark.)
May 24th, 2020 – 10 Minutes with Corey J. White at Coode St Podcast
May 28th, 2020 – Talking Repo Virtual and lots of other interesting things at Intramultiversal Space
July 16th, 2020 – Talking wealth inequality, corporate overreach, and douchey tech-bro companies whilst discussing Repo Virtual. Some vague spoilers, so perhaps tread carefully.