Chasing the PhoenixBook - 2015
Aubrey Drager and Surplus, a genetically-engineered dog, make their way into a fragmented China, where they try to convince the Hidden Emperor to unite the country again, enticing him with the hope that he may find his Phoenix Bride.
Chasing the Phoenix: a science fiction masterpiece from a five-time Hugo Award winner Michael Swanwick!
In the distant future, Surplus arrives in China dressed as a Mongolian shaman, leading a yak which carries the corpse of his friend, Darger. The old high-tech world has long since collapsed, and the artificial intelligences that ran it are outlawed and destroyed. Or so it seems.
Darger and Surplus, a human and a genetically engineered dog with human intelligence who walks upright, are a pair of con men and the heroes of a series of prior Swanwick stories. They travel to what was once China and invent a scam to become rich and powerful. Pretending to have limited super-powers, they aid an ambitious local warlord who dreams of conquest and once again reuniting China under one ruler. And, against all odds, it begins to work, but it seems as if there are other forces at work behind the scenes. Chasing the Phoenix is a sharp, slick, witty science fiction adventure that is hugely entertaining from Michael Swanwick, one of the best SF writers alive.
Darger and Surplus, a human and a genetically engineered dog, travel across a post-apocalyptic China, with the aim of pulling off the perfect con, but then things begin to not go their way.