The Awkward State of Affairs Known as Sentience: Announcing Rosebud by Paul Cornell

Tordotcom Publishing is thrilled to announce—and share the cover for—Paul Cornell’s science fiction novella Rosebud, edited by Ellen Datlow. The original deal for World English Rights was brokered by Stacia Decker at the Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency. The story is a humorous tale in the vein of Douglas Adams with lots to say about choice, reality, programming, and what it means to be a person.

“The crew of the Rosebud are, currently, and by force of law, a balloon, a goth with a swagger stick, some sort of science aristocrat possibly, a ball of hands, and a swarm of insects.”

Digitally speaking, that is.

The ship has assembled its crew of sentient artificial intelligences to discuss an unusual object picked up by its sensors.

They have no idea what this encounter will mean for the fate of all existence. Nor will they remember.

Rosebud will be available from Tordotcom Publishing in April 2022.

Cover art: Jim Tierney

Paul Cornell has written episodes of Elementary, Doctor Who, Primeval, Robin Hood and many other TV series, including his own children’s show, Wavelength. He’s worked for every major comics company, including his creator-owned series I Walk With Monsters for The Vault, The Modern Frankenstein for Magma, Saucer State for IDW and This Damned Band for Dark Horse, and runs for Marvel and DC on Batman and Robin, Wolverine and Young Avengers. He’s the writer of the Lychford rural fantasy novellas from Tordotcom Publishing. He’s won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, an Eagle Award for his comics, a Hugo Award for his podcast and shares in a Writer’s Guild Award for his Doctor Who. He’s the co-host of Hammer House of Podcast.

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