BLADE RUNNER x AURORA RISING
In twelve months, the supercomputer in Sil’s brain will kill her—unless Syntex Corp kills her first.
As their top-ranked Mindwalker, she helps them steal technology by commandeering agents’ minds from afar. But when a mission goes south, Sil is horrified to learn the company is illegally mindjacking civilians. With a price on her head and her tech failing, she must find a way to stop the mindjackings in order to save her friends, her reputation—and maybe even herself.
It’s impossible to ignore an alarm that’s going off inside your head. Which is probably why Syntex put it there instead of on my bedside table. I throw a pillow over my face, a second before I remember why that’s a terrible idea.
The jolt of electricity surges through my brain. It’s only the tiniest bit of current, barely a spark. But damn it hurts. You’d think I’d have learned my lesson by now: urgent alerts aren’t optional.
Jarvis has already turned on the lights and their glare is bouncing off the bare, white walls, brighter than is polite for… argh, four-fourteen am. Christ-that-was. No wonder I feel like death is tap-dancing inside my skull. Lena and I were drinking until one.
“Status report,” I bark, because there’s no point wasting words berating the computer in my head. Most of the other Walkers don’t bother naming their units, but CIP—short for Cerebral Intelligence Processor—felt too clinical for me, so I named him after the AI from some pre-Annihilation movie. I even downloaded the actor’s voiceprint so they’d sound the same. Peter something… or maybe it was Paul. In my defense, I was eight at the time, and it seemed like a good idea.
“Incoming mission,” Jarvis says.
And just like that, I’m fully awake.