OUT NOW! Hoshi and the Red City Circuit

Hoshi and the Red City Circuit by Dora M. Raymaker
Hoshi and the Red City Circuit by Dora M. Raymaker

Now Available at the Autonomous Press store!

Hoshi and the Red City Circuit is out now! The debut novel by Dora M. Raymaker is a neurodivergent cyberpunk murder mystery that unfolds with likeable characters, philosophical depth, and political relevance while hitting all the right notes of a head-scratching whodunit.

Murder wakes the sleeping city.
Due to their unique neurology, only the enslaved Operator caste can program the quantum computers that run 26th century Red City. When three of the caste are ritually murdered, it’s up to private investigator Hoshi Archer—herself a recently liberated Operator—to help the police solve the case. Things get complicated when one of the victims turns out to be Hoshi’s ex-girlfriend, and power-hungry bureaucrats and old rivals stir up new problems. An immortal, amoral alien may even be involved. To unwind the plot to take over the city, Hoshi must decipher a deadly computer program and learn to communicate with the alien, before it’s too late for the next victim—and the city.

Advance Reviews Say:
“This thoroughly engaging book is a great many things — but above all else, it’s a gripping science-fiction mystery story steeped in the finest traditions of the cyberpunk and detective genres. Autistic author Dora M Raymaker has created a protagonist who’s a unique and believable person, giving us a fascinating vision of the roles and struggles of autistics in a future society. But you don’t have to have any interest in autism to enjoy the hell out of Hoshi’s race to solve this devious murder mystery before she becomes the next victim.”
— Nick Walker, co-creator of the Weird Luck stories and webcomic.

“A fantastic debut. Read this neurodivergent allegory and save yourself from the pathological paradigm.”
— Ralph James Savarese, author of Reasonable People and See It Feelingly.

About the author: Dora M Raymaker, PhD, is a scientist, writer, multi-media artist, and activist whose work across disciplines focuses on social justice, critical systems thinking, complexity, and the value of diversity. Dora is an Autistic/queer/genderqueer person living in Portland Oregon, conducting community-engaged research at Portland State University, knitting fractals, and communing with the spirit of the City. http://doraraymaker.com

 

Hoshi and the Red City Circuit: Serial Murder & Cyberpunk with an Alien Psychic Twist

Dora M. Raymaker writes about her debut novel, Hoshi and the Red City Circuit.

Hoshi and the Red City Circuit by Dora M. Raymaker
Hoshi and the Red City Circuit by Dora M. Raymaker

In a far future, on the cusp of a major civil rights movement, a private investigator whose disabilities aid her in her investigations must stop a serial killer while political forces manipulate her for control of her beloved city.

It’s said, “write what you know,” but I say, “write what you love.” Hoshi and the Red City Circuit is a love song to my favorite stories, from early devourings of Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew, to later walks down William Gibson’s Sprawl and Blade Runner’s gritty, neon streets.

It is a full-hearted call-out to the silenced and the weird, to the people like me who never see themselves the hero of the book because they are disabled, or queer, or otherwise pushed to the margins and told to stay. It is a love song to those of us who say, “no, I won’t stay; I have something beautiful to chase beyond your walls!”

It is an ode to cities where I’ve wandered: from the towers of New York to the parks of one Portland and the seaports of another.

As far as the alien psychic twist…Anne McCaffery imprinted me early with her alien psychic dragon companions. But mix that with darker companions, echoes of Madeline L’Engle’s ecthrohi, Ged’s shadow in A Wizard of Earthsea, and the utter alienness of Lovecraftian horrors. My beloved cities, too, have spirits, each a unique, flavored personality. What if we could talk to our cities? What might my city, constant companion who enfolds me, say? Would she be light or dark, or, likely, both?

Lastly, Hoshi and the Red City Circuit is a love song to a world I hope we are still trying to build, one which is unafraid to explore power and privilege, and dis/ability and social norms, as both Hoshi and the city–as we–struggle to come to terms with a more justly integrated society.

–Dora M. Raymaker

AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER! Hoshi and the Red City Circuit

Hoshi and the Red City Circuit by Dora M. Raymaker
Hoshi and the Red City Circuit by Dora M. Raymaker

Available for Preorder at the Autonomous Press store!

Ebook available now; free ebook with paperback preorder!

Coming very soon, the debut novel by Dora M. Raymaker, Hoshi and the Red City Circuit. This neurodivergent cyberpunk murder mystery is now available for preorder!

Murder wakes the sleeping city.
Due to their unique neurology, only the enslaved Operator caste can program the quantum computers that run 26th century Red City. When three of the caste are ritually murdered, it’s up to private investigator Hoshi Archer—herself a recently liberated Operator—to help the police solve the case. Things get complicated when one of the victims turns out to be Hoshi’s ex-girlfriend, and power-hungry bureaucrats and old rivals stir up new problems. An immortal, amoral alien may even be involved. To unwind the plot to take over the city, Hoshi must decipher a deadly computer program and learn to communicate with the alien, before it’s too late for the next victim—and the city.

Advance Reviews Say:
“This thoroughly engaging book is a great many things — but above all else, it’s a gripping science-fiction mystery story steeped in the finest traditions of the cyberpunk and detective genres. Autistic author Dora M Raymaker has created a protagonist who’s a unique and believable person, giving us a fascinating vision of the roles and struggles of autistics in a future society. But you don’t have to have any interest in autism to enjoy the hell out of Hoshi’s race to solve this devious murder mystery before she becomes the next victim.”
— Nick Walker, co-creator of the Weird Luck stories and webcomic.

“A fantastic debut. Read this neurodivergent allegory and save yourself from the pathological paradigm.”
— Ralph James Savarese, author of Reasonable People and See It Feelingly.

About the author: Dora M Raymaker, PhD, is a scientist, writer, multi-media artist, and activist whose work across disciplines focuses on social justice, critical systems thinking, complexity, and the value of diversity. Dora is an Autistic/queer/genderqueer person living in Portland Oregon, conducting community-engaged research at Portland State University, knitting fractals, and communing with the spirit of the City. http://doraraymaker.com

 

COMING SOON: Hoshi and the Red City Circuit

Hoshi and the Red City Circuit by Dora M. Raymaker
Hoshi and the Red City Circuit by Dora M. Raymaker

Coming very soon, the debut novel by Dora M. Raymaker, Hoshi and the Red City Circuit. This neurodivergent cyberpunk murder mystery will be available for preorder any day now.

Murder wakes the sleeping city.
Due to their unique neurology, only the enslaved Operator caste can program the quantum computers that run 26th century Red City. When three of the caste are ritually murdered, it’s up to private investigator Hoshi Archer—herself a recently liberated Operator—to help the police solve the case. Things get complicated when one of the victims turns out to be Hoshi’s ex-girlfriend, and power-hungry bureaucrats and old rivals stir up new problems. An immortal, amoral alien may even be involved. To unwind the plot to take over the city, Hoshi must decipher a deadly computer program and learn to communicate with the alien, before it’s too late for the next victim—and the city.

Advance Reviews Say:
“This thoroughly engaging book is a great many things — but above all else, it’s a gripping science-fiction mystery story steeped in the finest traditions of the cyberpunk and detective genres. Autistic author Dora M Raymaker has created a protagonist who’s a unique and believable person, giving us a fascinating vision of the roles and struggles of autistics in a future society. But you don’t have to have any interest in autism to enjoy the hell out of Hoshi’s race to solve this devious murder mystery before she becomes the next victim.”
— Nick Walker, co-creator of the Weird Luck stories and webcomic.

“A fantastic debut. Read this neurodivergent allegory and save yourself from the pathological paradigm.”
— Ralph James Savarese, author of Reasonable People and See It Feelingly.

About the author: Dora M Raymaker, PhD, is a scientist, writer, multi-media artist, and activist whose work across disciplines focuses on social justice, critical systems thinking, complexity, and the value of diversity. Dora is an Autistic/queer/genderqueer person living in Portland Oregon, conducting community-engaged research at Portland State University, knitting fractals, and communing with the spirit of the City. http://doraraymaker.com