Mazarin Blues

Mazarin Blues

Having an obnoxious AI in your head will really cramp your style, daddy-o...

Cozy decopunk sci-fi dual romance centering an autistic gay man and the genderfluid A.I. in his brain, and their respective partners.

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Having an obnoxious AI in your head will really cramp your style, daddy-o…

Introvert Reed Rothwell is part of a subculture of art deco enthusiasts, pushing back against bland mainstream society and its mandated technology. Stuck with an AI assistant in his head is bad enough, but when he’s inflicted with a forced upgrade to a new beta version, named Mazarin, the navigator starts to take on feelings and opinions of his own.

When rumors spread of beta navs turning on their pilots, Reed is determined not to become a victim. Mazarin hasn’t become violent yet – the AI is sympathetic and understanding – but with beta participants coerced into slitting their own throats, it’s only a matter of time before Reed is next.

The AI megacorporation already has an unhealthy interest in Reed, and all the beta testers who have sought help for their navigators have disappeared. The swingin’ cats of the deco scene have the means to illegally terminate Reed’s AI. But Mazarin has never tried to harm Reed – he loves Reed.

Grappling with ridding himself of intrusive technology, the morality of hurting his self-aware AI, and avoiding the attention of a company that wants to sweep Reed’s existence under the rug might be too much for one hep cat to handle.


  • Main character, Reed: gay, autistic, anxiety and panic disorder, depression
  • Main character, Mazarin: asexual panromantic, genderfluid
  • Love interest, Jax: pansexual, Latino, diabetic
  • Love interest, Em: pansexual, agender, disabled (has paralysis on one side of their body and uses numerous futuristic internal prosthetic aids for mobility)

Other major rep: Korean supporting character (Olive) and other POC

Content Warnings:

  • blood and on page death
  • brief biphobia
  • hospitalization
  • stalking
  • profanity
  • open door sex and sexual elements
  • anxiety and panic disorder
  • depression
  • alcohol use
  • house fire
  • brief description of a corpse (main character works in a morgue)
  • mentions of people (offpage) being coerced into suicide
  • electrocution
  • several violent scenes including a fist fight and stabbing
Series: Hep Cats of Boise
Genres: Cozy, Dystopian, Gay, Non-Binary, Pansexual/Panromantic, Romance, Science Fiction
Publisher: The Kraken Collective
Publication Year: 2021
List Price: 13.99
eBook Price: 3.99
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