Detective Inspector Sharon Varsi is facing the biggest case of her career: quarantined genestock has been stolen. Is someone conducting illicit gemtech research?
When confiscated genestock is stolen out of secure government quarantine, DI Sharon Varsi finds herself on the biggest case of her career: chasing down a clever thief, a mysterious hacker, and the threat of new, black market gemtech.
Zavcka Klist, ruthless industrial enforcer, has reinvented herself. Now the head of Bel'Natur, she wants gem celebrity Aryel Morningstar's blessing for the company's revival of infotech - the science that spawned the Syndrome, nearly destroyed mankind and led to the creation of the gems. With illness in her own family that only a gemtech can cure, Aryel's in no position to refuse.
As the infotech programme inches towards a breakthrough, Sharon's investigations lead ever closer to the dark heart of Bel'Natur, the secrets of Aryel Morningstar's past . . . and what Zavcka Klistis really after.
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Some books are good, some books are even great. This one is important - SF Signal on Gemsigns
Entertaining and compelling, with a tight and energetic climax . . . Stephanie Saulter is definitely an interesting writer, and one whose work I intend to keep seeking out - Strange Horizons
A fascinating and compelling read . . . It comes highly recommended and we can only hope that the rest of the series to come is just as gripping - Starburst on Gemsigns
Jamaican-born Stephanie Saulter writes speculative fiction. She left Jamaica to study at MIT in the USA and spent fifteen years in America before moving to the UK in 2003. She's worked as a corporate executive, a public policy wonk and a management consultant, amongst other things, and in 2010 she launched the Scriptopus interactive website for writing short fiction. Her highly acclaimed Evolution trilogy, GEMSIGNS, BINARY and REGENERATION, are set in a near future that's been fundamentally altered by neurological pandemic, genetic manipulation and social media. Stephanie blogs unpredictably at stephaniesaulter.com and tweets slightly more reliably as @scriptopus. She lives in London.