Mur­der To OR­DER

In Made To Kill Adam Christo­pher pens Ray­mond Chan­dler’s long-lost sci-fi novel

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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.”

Made To Kill is on sale now.

Adam Christo­pher’s mash­ing dif­fer­ent gen­res to­gether.

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