I love the title of this novel, although I kind of hope it doesn’t have anything to do with Walter Benjamin’s essay, because I tried to read that once and didn’t get very far (and if it does, I’ll feel obliged to try again). It also reminds me a wee bit of The Machine Dynasty series by Madeline Ashby, with its focus on intimate relationships between humans and androids.
Set in a near-future LA, a man falls in love with a beautiful android—but when she is kidnapped and sold piecemeal on the black market, he must track down her parts to put her back together.
Bad luck for Eliot Lazar, he fell in love with an android, a beautiful C-900 named Iris Matsuo. That’s the kind of thing that can get you killed in late 21th century Los Angeles or anywhere else for that matter – anywhere except the man-made island of Avernus, far out in the Pacific, which is where Eliot and Iris are headed once they get their hands on a boat. But then one night Eliot knocks on Iris’s door only to find she was kidnapped, chopped up, sold for parts.
Unable to move on and unwilling to settle for a woman with a heartbeat, Eliot vows to find the parts to put Iris back together again—and to find the sonofabitch who did this to her and get his revenge.
With a determined LAPD detective on his trail and time running out in a city where machines and men battle for control, Eliot Lazar embarks on a bloody journey that will take him to the edge of a moral precipice from which he can never return, from which mankind can never return.
Judd Trichter’s Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is a scifi love story that asks the question, how far will you go to save someone you love?
Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction will be published on 3 February 2015 by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press.