C. Robert Cargill will release his third book, Sea of Rust via publishing house, Gollancz.
His first two books, Dreams and Shadows and Queen of the Dark Things explore a singular world that exists just on the other side of the veil. Hiding in plain sight–for those who had the gift–were demons, archangels, djinn, and even a friendly sprite in the form of the zeitgeist of the city made an appearance.
Sea of Rust exists on another plane entirely. Instead of showing us what happens when you peel back the veneer of the human world, to reveal the gritty goings-on of the undead, Cargill’s third book promises to take us on a trip to the future, a time when robots roam the landscape in search of spare parts.
The story could be interpreted as a metaphor for human existence today, if the author feels humans are becoming less emotionally-driven and more objectivistic. Seeing the progress of scientific developments in human longevity might be the key to unraveling the inner motives of a fantasy writer, but unlike Rob Thurman or Patricia Briggs, whose works are all drawn specifically from the same genre, Cargill’s new book is a departure from that world as we see him stepping out of his comfort zone to explore the world of sci-fi. Of course, it’s up to the reader to determine if there is any deeper meaning in any work of fiction.
Being a fan of H. G. Wells, Vernor Vinge, John Scalzi, Jeff Noon, and Eric Nylund to name a few, I’ll read sci-fi until I die, being a creature of the future, meself. I do believe we can derive hidden associations in everything we read, eat, drink, and breathe, if we’re looking closely enough…
On my side of the pond, I’m sitting here wishing Cargill would dig deeper into the urban landscape he created back in his first two books; I long for the teachings of ethereal sages, but I’m curious to see what he thinks the future will look like once robots become the central focus of everyday discourse. Can AI feel? Will we witness an all-out war against the machines unravel before our very eyes? Or, can we become more like robots ourselves, while we edit out unwanted genes so that we may live indefinitely?
Let’s see where this journey takes us.
Read on, fellow time traveler, and add Sea of Rust to your Goodreads list if you’re looking forward to reading C. Robert Cargill’s new book.
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