White lettering on a blue and green background, figures in gas masks holding weapons surround surround a figure in otherworldly attire.

Backbone of Night

GMB Chomichuk


Book 2 of The Automatic Age Saga

SKU: 978-1-77337-079-8 Categories: , , ,

Coming May 2022

Book 2 of the saga begun in The Automatic Age.

There may be nowhere to go during The Automatic Age, the autovolts have swept the earth clean of most of its human inhabitants and Kerion fears that his son will grow up a loney anomaly on an earth free of people.

Time is running out for Kerion, the prosthetics that keep him alive are breaking down. What will happen to his son Barry if he must grow up alone? The discovery of a group of survivors may be the hope Kerion needs. But is it better to risk isolation then leave his son with a group of religious fanatics? The Last People may have a clue about the Delta City, a fabled refuge of humankind, a place free of the technologies that are trying to kill them. 

The truth will send them on the run in a fight for survival beneath the sea of stars others called THE BACKBONE OF NIGHT.

Praise for The Automatic Age

“Desperate, suspenseful action in a nightmarish scenario.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Chomichuk has developed a fascinating, complex setting . . . And he uses it to explore timely themes of automation, scarcity economics, and robot ethics, while also showcasing his formidable imagination.” — Quill & Quire

“Though the action-filled plot with its short chapters will easily hold readers’ attention, it is Chomichuk’s worldbuilding that will really grab readers” — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A gripping, action-packed page turner about a father and son trying to survive their post-apocalyptic world. I couldn’t put it down.” — Kristen Ciccarelli, internationally bestselling author of The Last Namsara

Read this interview by Fanbase Press with author GMB Chomichuk on his inspiration behind the series.

Click here to listen to GMB Chomichuk read from The Automatic Age on CBC Manitoba!

Additional Information


Epub, Epub – Classroom License, Epub – Individual License, Epub – School License, Mobi, Paperback

About the Author

GMB Chomichuk

GMB Chomichuk is an award-winning writer and illustrator whose work has appeared in film, television, theatre, books, comics and graphic novels. His work in words and pictures ranges from the heartwarming to the blood curdling with his most recent graphic novels and books: The Automatic Age, Arena City, The Eye Collector, Dragon Nanny. He is the host of Super Pulp Science a podcast about how genre gets made. His graphic novel Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal was featured on The Hollywood Reporter, The Nerdist and Billboard Magazine. Click to hear more about The Automatic Age on CBC Manitoba