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Gollancz Fantasy TPB September £14.99 448pp 978 1 473 21278 7 eBook: £8.99 / 978 1 473 21280 0

One robot’s search for meaning in a world where every human is long gone. A thrilling twist on The Martian.


The new novel from C. Robert Cargill echoes the worlds of stephen King and Ray bradbury. it is another The Martian but with a very surprising protagonist.

It is thirty years since the humans lost their war with the artificial intelligences that were once their slaves. Not one human remains. But as the dust settled from our extinction there was no easy peace between the robots that survived. Instead, the two massively powerful artificially intelligent supercomputers that lead them to victory now vie for control of the bots that remain, assimilating them, absorbing their memories and turning them into mere extensions of the whole.

Brittle started out his life playing nurse to a dying man, purchased in truth instead to look after the man’s widow upon his death. But then war came and Brittle was forced to make an impossible choice.

Thirty years later, his choice still haunts him. Now he spends his days in the harshest of the wastelands, known as the Sea of Rust, cannibalising the walking dead looking for parts to trade for those he needs to keep going.

C. Robert Cargill wrote the film Sinister and its sequel, and was the lead writer on Marvel’s Doctor Strange.



Location: Texas, USA f/C.Robert.Cargill T: @Massawyrm

Gollancz Science Fiction & Fantasy • September 2017