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9781529407754

A Strange and Brilliant Light

A Strange and Brilliant Light

by Eli Lee

Publisher Jo Fletcher Books

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WINNER of the WRITERS' GUILD BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD!

A riveting, thought-provoking speculative literary novel exploring the impact of the AI revolution through the eyes of three very different young women.

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

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About the Author

Eli Lee

Eli Lee is fiction editor at literary journal Minor Literature[s], where she also writes essays and reviews, and an articles editor at speculative fiction magazine Strange Horizons. Her story ‘Rupun’ was in Fable (2015), a collection of modern fairytales from The Pigeonhole, and ‘Today’ was longlisted for The White Review Short Story Prize 2016 and performed at Unsung Stories Live. She has a first-class BA in English Literature from Oxford.

Eli’s debut novel, A Strange and Brilliant Light, is a riveting, thought-provoking speculative literary novel exploring the impact of the AI revolution through the eyes of three very different young women. It was published by Quercus in July 2021.

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    All of our books that have a dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.

  • Book Condition & Notes

    Fine copy. Some minor discolouration to the page edges. This book is located in our Brighton store, and may take longer for delivery.

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