A STRANGE AND BRILLIANT LIGHT
WINNER of BEST FIRST NOVEL AT THE 2022 WRITERS' GUILD AWARD
Read more about Eli's prize-winning novel here.
Literary & General
Jo Fletcher Books (Quercus/Hachette)
Estonian, French, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Serbian, Spanish
Eli Lee was born in Dorset and is now is based in London. As well as writing fiction and non-fiction for a variety of anthologies, magazines and websites, she is fiction editor and contributor to literary journal Minor Literature[s] and has also worked for Strange Horizons. Find her on Twitter at @_elilee.
Lal, Janetta and Rose are living in a time of flux. Technological advance has brought huge financial rewards to those with power, but large swathes of the population are losing their jobs to artificial intelligence, or auts, as they're called. Unemployment is high, discontent is rife and rumours are swirling. Many feel robbed - not just of their livelihoods, but of their hopes for the future.
Lal is languishing in her role at a coffee shop and feeling overshadowed by her quietly brilliant sister, Janetta, whose Ph.D. is focused on making auts empathetic. Even Rose, Lal's best friend, has found a sense of purpose in charismatic up-and-coming politician Alek.
When vigilantes break in to the coffee shop and destroy their new coffee-making aut, it sets in motion a chain of events that will pull the three young women in very different directions.
Change is coming - change that will launch humankind into a new era. If Rose, Lal and Janetta can find a way to combine their burgeoning talents, they might just end up setting the course of history.
'A disquieting take on Big Tech's plans for the future of work' _ GWYNETH JONES 'Mind-bending' _ CAROLE STIVERS 'Important ideas are wrapped in an absorbing, character-driven novel that's also a thought-provoking consideration of the ways we might cope with something that is already happening all around us.' _ LISA TUTTLE, The Guardian 'If you like small, intimate fiction that asks very big questions, this is the perfect novel for you' _ Fanfiaddict 'Smoothly written' _ Financial Times 'A beautifully written, thought provoking novel' _ Muse's Book Journal 'Fans of relational narratives will enjoy the interactions of the three protagonists while there is also intellectual AI debate for those science fiction readers more drawn to ideas over people' _ SF Book Review 'This is a thoughtf...