Zachary Mason insists that Void Star (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) is not cyber-punk -– which is how some describe it. Although it is set more than 100 years in the future during climate catastrophe, Mason describes it as literary fiction that uses science fiction and genre elements. The major characters have had brain implants, which not only give them access to each other's memories but to a vast, encyclopedic world memory. Mason describes his heroine, who can connect with artificial intelligence, as human-adjacent.
- Read an excerpt from Void Star.
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Zachary Mason, computer scientist and novelist