Criminal Behaviour
Behind every great fortune there is a crime


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The Difference Engine
by William Gibson & Bruce Sterling (1990)


In 1855 the Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time. The adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose. Cyberpunk progenitors Gibson and Sterling prove adept at steampunk.





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Revelation Space [S1]
by Alastair Reynolds (2000)


Ruthlessly-brilliant scientist Dan Sylveste will stop at nothing to solve the riddle of the Amarantin lost-race before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him. The Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.





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Hominids [S1]
by Robert J. Sawyer (2002)


On a parallel Earth where Neanderthals top the primate evolutionary scale a scientist's experiment goes wrong and he ends up in our world. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. He then has trouble coming to grips with our societal ills while, back at home, his housemate is under suspicion of his murder.





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The Prefect [S1]
by Alastair Reynolds (2007)


Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a policeman of sorts, and one of the best. His force is Panoply, and his beat is the multi-faceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone. A murderous attack against a Glitter Band habitat is nasty, but it looks to be an open-and-shut case... until Dreyfus starts looking under some stones.





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The Quantum Thief [S1]
by Hannu Rajaniemi (2010)


The entity called Jean le Flambeur has been a thief, a confidence artist, a posthuman mind-burgler, and more. His origins are mysterious, but his deeds are known throughout the Heterarchy, from breaking into the Zeusbrains of the Inner System to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. Last time around he managed to hide the truth about himself from... himself.





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Great North Road
by Peter F. Hamilton (2012)


A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, detective Sidney Hurst leads an investigation into the murder of a clone of a wealthly family. The accused claims that the murderer was an alien monster, sparking a hunt to track down the elusive alien, only to learn that the line between hunter and hunted is a thin one.





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Artemis [S1]
by Andy Weir (2017)


Jazz Bashara is a petty criminal on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon. She's got debts to pay and his job as a porter barely covers the rent. She sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. Unfortunately, she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself. Her only chance at survival is a gambit even riskier than the first.





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Six Wakes
by Mur Lafferty (2017)


Clones of a murdered crew on a lone ship must find their murderer... before they kill again. Waking in a cloning vat streaked with blood, Maria Arena had no memory of how she died. Before when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. The other six vats hold the clone of a crew member waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken.





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Autonomous
by Annalee Newitz (2017)


A pharmaceutical pirate traverses the world in her own submarine. She is a notorious anti-patent scientist who has styled herself as a Robin Hood heroine fighting to bring cheap drugs to the poor. A string of nasty overdoses sets an emotionally shut-down military agent and his partner, a young military robot, on her trail. They all race to stop the epidemic that is tearing apart lives.





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A Memory Called Empire [S1]
by Arkady Martine (2019)


Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident, or that Mahit might be next to die during a time of political instability at the top of the imperial court.


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