By Madeline Ashby

ashby_company-townThey call it Company Town – a Family-owned, city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes. Meet Hwa. One of the few in her community to forego bio-engineered enhancements, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig. But she’s an expert in the arts of self-defence, and she’s been charged with training the Family’s youngest, who has been receiving death threats from the future. Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city’s stability – serial killer? Or something much, much worse..?


“Elegant, cruel, and brutally perfect, Company Town is a prize of a novel.”
–Mira Grant, New York Times Bestselling and Hugo-Award nominated author of the
Newsflesh series

“A brilliant and chilling look at our post-oil future. I haven’t been this
hooked by an SF novel for ages.”
―Charlie Stross, author of Empire State

“The world is an updated version of Raymond Chandler’s, with gray morals and
broken characters, and Hwa’s internal monologue has just the right balance of
introspection and wit…[a] very solid page-turner.”
Publishers Weekly

“I’m an immense fan of Ashby’s work…It is often profound, and it is never
―Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

“Action-filled, intriguing and, in moments, gripping, Ashby’s sci-fi mystery will have readers turning the pages.”
RT Book Reviews


Tor, world English, Winter 2016