Murder To ORDER
In Made To Kill Adam Christopher pens Raymond Chandler’s long-lost sci-fi novel
Parodying it in a 1953 letter “with a short vignette about rayguns, and pink pretzels and a computer called Google,” Raymond Chandler was not a science fiction fan. A long time admirer of his crime novels, Adam Christopher wondered what it would be like if The Big Sleep author actually wrote a futuristic detective story, resulting in Made To Kill, which centres around Raymond Electromatic, the world’s last robot-turned-private eye.
“I love retro sci-fi, and I love the golden age of American detective fiction, so I feel at home writing that kind of hardboiled, noirish period stuff, ” says Christopher. “So combining a Chandleresque detective story with robots seemed like a natural fit.”
The first instalment in The LA Trilogy, the novel takes place in an alternate mid-1960s America. “Ray works for a supercomputer called Ada but their operation is a relic of a now-defunct government programme to get robots working in the community,” explains Christopher. “But thanks to a little reprogramming by Ada, he’s now the world’s first robot hitman, the PI thing being a handy cover. Ray’s the muscle, while Ada is the brains, so she gets the jobs and tells Ray who to knock off.”
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Adam Christopher’s mashing different genres together.