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We Are Satellites

Sarah Pinsker



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Head of Zeus
02 June 2021
When Val and Julie's teenage son comes home one day asking for a Pilot, a new brain implant to help with school, they reluctantly agree. This is the future, after all. A novel about one family and the technology that divides them.

From award-winning author Sarah Pinsker comes a novel about one family and the technology that divides them.

Get one - or get left behind.

Val and Julie just want what's best for their kids, David and Sophie. So when David comes home from school begging for a new brain implant to help with his studies, they're torn. Julie grew up poor and knows what it's like to be the only kid in school without the new technology, but Val is terrified by the risks and the implications.

Soon, everyone at Julie's work has the implant and she's struggling to keep pace. It's clear that she'll have to get one too if she's not to be left behind.

Before long, Val and Sophie are the only two in the family without the device, and part of an ever-shrinking minority in their town. With government subsidies and no apparent downside, why would anyone refuse?

But Sophie can't shake the feeling that something sinister is going on behind the scenes and she's going to do whatever it takes to find out - even if it pits her against a powerful tech company and the people she loves most.
By:   Sarah Pinsker
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   UK Airports
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 145mm, 
ISBN:   9781800243897
ISBN 10:   1800243898
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   02 June 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sarah Pinsker is a singer, songwriter and author. Her short stories have won the Nebula, Sturgeon and Philip K. Dick Awards. Currently finishing her second novel and fourth album, she lives with her wife in Baltimore, Maryland and can be found online at and

Reviews for We Are Satellites

'Pinsker's newest is a carefully crafted sci-fi web stretched over an intensely human core ... Issues of discrimination, ableism, transparency, and more weave together to create an intricately told cautionary tale' * Booklist (starred review) * 'A fascinating novel that explores how technologies can transform family dynamics' * BuzzFeed * 'Pinsker's meticulous research and melodious prose bring readers to the heart of a family and the challenges of societal expectations, technology, and the desire to advance without fully understanding the consequences' * Library Journal (starred review) * 'A compassionate, richly textured look at how one ordinary family deals with the next wave in productivity technology ... Best of all, the novel's futuristic premise feels as realistic and lived-in as its characters' love for one another' -- Annalee Newitz 'A deeply empathetic story of a family struggling with everyday impossibilities. We Are Satellites will drill a tiny - entirely painless - aperture in the side of your skull, snake its way inside, and rewire how you think about the lines between yourself, technology, and those we love' -- Bob Proehl 'This is science fiction as domestic slice of life; a gripping, believable immersion in the day after tomorrow' * Guardian *

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