Solaris to publish queer cyberpunk novel by debut author Aubrey Wood

We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Bang Bang Bodhisattva by Aubrey Wood, said to “combine the attitude of Gideon the Ninth with the noir pastiche of Archer Dreamland”, for publication in 2023.

Bang Bang Bodhisattva is author Aubrey Wood’s debut novel and follows a trans woman hacker-for-hire who, in an attempt to make rent, teams up with a luddite P.I. to solve a murder she’s been falsely accused of. A unique hard-boiled detective / science fiction mash-up story unfolds, with a vibrant and diverse cast of characters.

World English Rights were acquired by Jim Killen from Stacia Decker at Dunow Carlson & Lerner.

Author Aubrey Wood on the acquisition:

“I am ecstatic to be working with Rebellion Publishing, the home of JUDGE DREDD, to bring my hopelessly queer cyberpunk-buddy-comedy-noir-mystery to print. If you’re a fan of 80s anime pinup girls, Daft Punk, Robert Patrick as the T-1000, hormone replacement therapy, the Nintendo Virtual Boy, a neat whiskey or a fruit-flavored cocktail, Philip K. Dick, lo-fi hip-hop beats to chill/study to and/or the prospect of hope for humanity beyond the next seven to ten years–I hope that Bang Bang Bodhisattva will hit just right.”

Acquiring Editor Jim Killen:

“I am excited to have been able to pick up Aubrey Wood’s Bang Bang Bodhisattva for Rebellion. It hits the important points of Philip K Dick, Dashiell Hammet and the Maltese Falcon mixed with gaming-culture, pop-culture and LGBT culture. It’s an edgy, noir buddy-comedy that grabbed me from page one. I look forward to sharing it with everyone.”

Aubrey Wood was born in California to a mixed-race couple and spent much of her childhood jumping back and forth between there and New Zealand until finally being trapped in a rural New Zealand hamlet at the age of 10. She has since spent most of her life in Auckland and on the internet. As a child Aubrey made picture books, as a teenager she furiously churned out fanfiction, and started trying to write professionally in 2011 after a brief and unsuccessful bid to become Trent Reznor. Bang Bang Bodhisattva is her debut novel. Follow Aubrey on Twitter @BrieWoodFiction.