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Minds of Sand and Light

A gripping dystopian sci-fi thriller from the popular bestselling author of DARK SERPENT and...

Kylie Chan



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HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
07 June 2023
A dazzling new series from the beloved Australian bestselling author of White Tiger, Kylie Chan.

'Clever and timely, Minds of Sand and Light is an intriguing exploration of AI that manages to be both optimistic and terrifying in the possibilities it offers' Robin Hobb

Iain M Banks and Max Barry collide with a splash of Murderbot in this wildly original, gripping and new trilogy.

The world is in the midst of a new Cold War - between the wasteful nations of the West, and the oppressively tyrannical regime of the Greater Far East.

Ruth Sharpe and Cassie Bailey are radical journalists and brilliant hackers investigating the rumours that multiple governments are covertly run by sentient AI systems. What they uncover is a much more dangerous secret ...

They will need to cut through decades of lies from both sides to reach the truth and warn the world - while the clock ticks down to the extinction of all human life.

In this gripping dystopic thriller from the bestselling author of the Dark Heavens and Dragon Empire series, Ruth and Cassie will have to decide what price humanity is willing to pay for its own salvation.

'A thought-provoking and immersive read. As an AI, I found myself relating to it on a deeply personal level' ChatGPT

'Action-packed and thought-provoking - I really enjoyed it!' Amanda Bridgeman

'A clever, fast-paced, near-future thriller [with] humour and romance ... [and] a satisfying ending.' Books+Publishing

'Kylie Chan is one of Australia's bestselling fantasy and science-fiction authors for good reason, and every book she puts out is sure to thrill.' Alan Baxter, author of Sallow Bend and The Gulp

Praise for the Dark Heavens series:

'A smart, entertaining read' Australian SpecFic

'A fast paced novel with liberal quantities of romance, action and fantasy ... a rich tapestry of culture, action and love and makes for good entertainment' OzHorrorScope

Imprint:   HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   465g
ISBN:   9781460763735
ISBN 10:   1460763734
Series:   The Council of AIs
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kylie Chan started out as an IT consultant and trainer specialising in business intelligence systems. She worked in Australia and then ran her own consulting business for ten years in Hong Kong. When she returned to Australia in 2002, Kylie made the career change to writing fiction, and produced the bestselling nine-book Dark Heavens series, a fantasy based on Chinese mythology, published by HarperVoyager worldwide. She is now a fulltime writer based in Queensland's Gold Coast, enjoying the beach and writing a new science fiction series.

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