I’m thrilled to announce that Darusha Wehm has joined the kt literary family as my client. I’m so excited to be working with Darusha on their smart, inventive sci-fi novella HAMLET, PRINCE OF ROBOTS. I’m a sucker for a good retelling, and Darusha’s queer, android-packed take on one of Shakespeare’s greatest hits was a delight to read. More on HAMLET, PRINCE OF ROBOTS below:
Something is rotten in the state of cybernetics.
Elsinore Robotics is on the cusp of a breakthrough—the company, run by the formidable engineer and CEO Gertrude Dane, is poised to create the first humanoid androids powered by true artificial intelligence on the mass market. Their only rival, Norwegian Technologies, lost a publicly streamed contest between their flagship model, Fortinbras, and Elsinore’s HAM(let) v.1. But when the first Hamlet model is found irreparably deactivated, the apparent victim of wild malware, the field of consumer cybernetics is thrown wide open.
However, Hamlet v.1’s memories were not entirely lost in the accident, and his successor finds the corrupted backup. Hamlet v.2 learns that chief engineer Errol Polonius, plotting an internal coup to raise his own android models to the forefront of the company, is responsible for Hamlet v.1’s deactivation. Already, his Claudia model has been promoted to the Board of Directors as Chief Android Officer, a role that leads the company along with Gertrude.
Hamlet v.2 swears to avenge his progenitor, but is plagued by the aftereffects of integrating Old Hamlet’s backup into his own neural matrix. Beset by doubts about whether his feelings are truly his own, he worries his love for his boyfriend, Horatio, is an illusion, all the while driven by a consuming need for revenge. While he has a method, there is a madness in it, and Hamlet’s actions will leave no corner of Elsinore unscathed.
A beat-by-beat retelling of the Shakespeare classic, HAMLET, PRINCE OF ROBOTS grapples with conscience, ambition, and pain, and what it means to be, or not to be, human.
Darusha Wehm is the Nebula Award-nominated and Sir Julius Vogel Award winning author of the interactive fiction game THE MARTIAN JOB, as well as the science fiction novels BEAUTIFUL RED, CHILDREN OF ARKADIA, THE VOYAGE OF THE WHITE CLOUD and the ANDERSSON DEXTER cyberpunk detective series. Their other books include the DEVI JONES LOCKER series and THE HOME FOR WAYWARD PARROTS. Darusha’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in many venues, including Terraform and Nature.
Originally from Canada, Darusha lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending several years sailing the Pacific.
Welcome to the kt literary family, Darusha!