Night Sky Mine
Night Sky Mine by Melissa Scott
In Night Sky Mine, Scott weaves another complex future society, rich in political and economic detail, that contours the life of young Ista Kelly, a foundling, the only survivor of a pirate raid on an asteroid mine. Ista is now a teenager, hip and computerwise, where AI programs reproducer themselves like rabbits and chickens and cats and sometimes like dinosaurs and mythical monsters. Scott has taken the cyberpunk sub-genre of sci-fi to another stage in Night Sky Mine, to a universe of cyberspace rich in self-replicating programs in danger of evolving out of human control.
This is the story of Ista's quest for her true identity in a future where you cannot live without an official identity. She must leave the security of her home on a trading ship and return in secret to the isolated mine where she was discovered as a baby. There she encounters and must overcome a menace hidden by the huge interstellar Night Sky Mining Corporation.