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Sea of Rust

C. Robert Cargill

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Fiction, Science fiction, Fantasy

*One of Financial Times' Best Books of 2017*

An action-packed post-apocalyptic thriller from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic.

*One of Financial Times' Best Books of 2017*

"SEA OF RUST is a 40-megaton cruise missile of a novel - it'll blow you away and lay waste to your heart . . . visceral, relentless, breathtaking" Joe Hill, Sunday Times bestselling author An action-packed post-apocalyptic thriller from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic. Humankind is extinct. Wiped out in a global uprising by the very machines made to serve them. Now the world is controlled by One World Intelligences - vast mainframes that have assimilated the minds of millions of robots.

But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality, and Brittle - a loner and scavenger, focused solely on survival - is one of the holdouts.

Only, individuality comes at a price, and after a near-deadly encounter with another AI, Brittle is forced to seek sanctuary. Not easy when an OWI has decided to lay siege to the nearest safe city.

Critically damaged, Brittle has to hold it together long enough to find the essential rare parts to make repairs - but as a robot's CPU gradually deteriorates, all their old memories resurface. For Brittle, that means one haunting memory in particular . . .

SEA OF RUST boldly imagines a future in which no hope should remain, and yet a human-like AI strives to find purpose among the ruins.

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Praise for Sea of Rust

  • SEA OF RUST is a 40-megaton cruise missile of a novel - it'll blow you away and lay waste to your heart. It is the most visceral, relentless, breathtaking work of SF in any medium since Mad Max: Fury Road - Joe Hill, Sunday Times bestselling author

  • Like an AI-centred, desert-bound twist on Children of Men, this is a sensitive and smart novel that surprises you with its depth of feeling. - SciFiNow

  • Sea of Rust is modern, smart fiction that belies it's majesty with a light touch. One of the science fiction books you should read this year. - SF Book

  • An action-packed post-apocalyptic thriller . . . [that] also addresses issues of soul and sentience in a subtle yet profound way - Financial Times (Best Books of 2017)

  • A soulful and stunningly accomplished work of science fiction . . . A stone-cold stunner of a story that deals with death and darkness yet is leavened with light and life - Tor.com

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C. Robert Cargill

Cargill wrote for Ain't it Cool News for nearly 10 years under the pseudonym Massawyrm, as well as serving as a staff writer for Film.com and Hollywood.com. He appears as the animated character Carlyle on spill.com, where he also hosts a featured podcast. His first screenplay, the critically acclaimed SINISTER, was co-written and directed by Scott Derrickson and starred Ethan Hawke. He recently co-wrote the screenplay for Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE.

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