The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl
Helen Roderick thought life would be easier after she died. Her neural paths would be scanned, then simulated on computers, letting her experience a life without aging, without dandruff, without any of the drawbacks of hauling her own squishy meatbag hither and yon. For a little while the plan seems to be coming together.
Then, just as the government bans her research, an unknown agent detonates a nuclear device in downtown Manhattan. Now she is the only person standing between humanity and extinction. Will she be enslaved or deleted by the government? Can she stop the coming war with China? How will she find time to finish her doctoral thesis? And -- though we're trying hard not to judge -- isn't Dr. Mellings way too old for her?
Alternately goofy and dark, The Improbable Rise of Singularity Girl is a strange tale of life in exponential times.
The Vampire of Northanger
"...one could be forgiven for dismissing her as a rather dismal, unqualified heroine."
Catherine Morland, an awkward young lady enchanted by gothic novels and their promise of adventure, finds those promises unexpectedly fulfilled. Her simple holiday to Bath has taken quite the turn, becoming a contest against vampires, hellhounds, supper invitations, and usuriously priced muslin.
The reluctant Catherine takes up cross and stake to pursue the vampire-hunting trade in as ladylike a fashion as she can. But she is herself pursued by a blood drinker as enamoured of her as he is of history and architecture.
When the amiable Henry Tilney requests her company at storied Northanger Abbey, the invitation promises an escape from mortal danger. But among the spires and columns of ancient Northanger, our heroine's hidden strength shall be pitted against perils unimagined.
The scents of blood and blossoming romance mingle in the air. Will Catherine's adventure culminate in matrimony or in bloodshed?
Jane Austen fans, keep a firm grip upon your crossbows. This is not the Northanger Abbey you remember.