vN is Book 1 in a new sci fi series entitled The Machine Dynasty.
Blurb from the Angry Robot website:
Amy Peterson is a von Neumann machine, a self-replicating humanoid robot.
For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks her mother, little Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive.
Now she carries her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive, and she’s learning impossible things about her clade’s history – like the fact that the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has failed… Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her.
vN will be published on 31 July 2012 in the USA and Canada, and on 2 August for the rest of the world. Madeline Ashby has written a thesis on science fiction and has a master’s degree in anime and manga, which I think is pretty cool. You can learn more about her on:
– her Angry Robot profile page
– her website, where you’ll also find a list of her published short stories, some of which you can read for free 🙂