The robot Constantine notices an Artificial Intelligence spontaneously coming into being on a distant planet...and watches helplessly as it is destroyed. In deep space, far from Earth, Judy senses a change of mood aboard the passenger ship she travels on...and a quick investigation reveals that the craft is succumbing to a mysterious alien infestation. Just as hope seems lost, a group of combat drones appears to rescue all the passengers, except Judy - who is told she is the property of a forgotten mega-corporation based on Earth. Returned against her wishes to an Earth under constant assault from the same alien infestation, Judy begins to learn her place in a conspiracy billions of years old. But is she ready to take on the benign, omnipotent, all-seeing Watcher who guides human destiny? And destroy it?
Tony Ballantyne was born in County Durham and now lives in the Manchester area with his wife and two children. He contributed to publications as diverse as Interzone, My Weekly and Private Eye before publication of his first novel, Recursion, followed by his second, Capacity.