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By Madeline Ashby

“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

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They 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..?



“A terrific ride at the hands of a storyteller as skilled in her own way as Hwa is in hers.”
Locus Magazine

Company Town is the most twisted posthuman novel You’ve ever read… a book
that keeps you thinking about what it means to be human in a posthuman
world—even as it also keeps you entertained with action, serial killers, and
crazy plot twists.”
– io9

“This is brave, bold, crazy storytelling at the edge and doesn’t read like anything else I’ve seen up or down the pike. I don’t even know where she gets this ideas, but I hope she keeps getting them and writing the stories that result. If there is any justice and kindness in the world, one of the prominent names of science-fiction going forward will be Madeline Ashby.”
Chuck Wendig, John W. Campbell-nominated author of the Miriam Black Series

“Ashby deftly introduces an escalating series of solid hard science-fiction ideas, ranging from global warming to cyborgs, spaceships and even possible multiple timelines”
-Chicago Tribune

“If you want to know what the future will look like, reading Madeline Ashby is a good bet. The verisimilitude of her imagination and settings will appease the most voracious Science Fiction fan. If you want a stylish future-noir with a unique and compelling protagonist, you’ll find it here, under one of the most beautiful covers I’ve seen this year. And watching Ashby as she continues her work, both non-fiction and in genre, is going to be a fun career to track.” Martin McClellan, The Seattle Review of Books

“Company Town is a locked-room murder mystery at sea, in a setting that’s got trenchant things to say about class and gender, and about the way that our technological ambitions reflect both of them. Hwa ranks with science fiction’s great badasses, and as a technological refusenik, she’s the perfect protagonist for this story about the way that money, power and technology all dream together. Take Ashby’s pyrotechnical prose, her talent for writing mean and true things about sex, and combine them with a futuristic, gritty setting, and you get Company Town.” – Boing Boing

io9 interview with Madeline Ashby about Company Town

One of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month for May


Tor, world English, Winter 2016

Other Books by Madeline Ashby