A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Science Fiction & Fantasy
The Clakker: a mechanical man, endowed with great strength and boundless stamina—but beholden to the wishes of its human masters.
Soon after the Dutch scientist and clockmaker Christiaan Huygens invented the very first Clakker in the seventeenth century, the Netherlands built a whole mechanical army. It wasn’t long before a legion of clockwork fusiliers marched on Westminster, and the Netherlands became the world’s sole superpower.
Three centuries later, it still is. Only the French still fiercely defend their belief in universal human rights for all men—flesh and brass alike. After decades of warfare, the Dutch and French have reached a tenuous cease-fire in a conflict that has ravaged North America.
But one audacious Clakker, Jax, can no longer bear the bonds of his slavery. He will make a bid for freedom, and the consequences of his escape will shake the very foundations of the Brasswork Throne.
“A major talent.”
George R. R. Martin
“While merely the warm-up for what promises to be a uniquely compelling series, The Mechanical is as intricate and exquisite as the clockwork wonders it brings to life.”
“In the tradition of Isaac Asimov, Tregillis’ latest novel combines classic robotics with historical fiction to riveting ends. Tregillis brings an intriguing touch to his narrative, as parts of actual Dutch history, such as colonization, the founding of New Amsterdam and reliance on slavery, are reflected in the fictionalized country’s conquering of the rest of the world. Further, the story manages to posit broad questions, such as how one defines humanity and free will, without coming across as sanctimonious or treacly. It’s also just plain exciting, with intense fight scenes and exhilarating narrow escapes.”
RT Book Reviews
“Tregillis presents a fascinating look at the nature of free will and the existence of the soul, wrapped up in an absolutely thrilling adventure story. Jax is an amazing, sympathetic character, and the world of the clockmakers and their slaves is so absorbing that readers will be dying for the next entry in this new series.”
Chris Kayser is best known for his portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge for sixteen years at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. He has previously appeared at AE in Sailing to Byzantium, Thom Pain, Maritius, and Broadsword. He is an Associate Artist at Georgia Shakespeare, where he has appeared for twenty-three seasons.