A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic robot western 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 humanlike AI strives to find purpose among the ruins.
C. Robert Cargill is the author of the acclaimed novel Dreams and Shadows and its sequel Queen of the Dark Things. He wrote for Ain't IT Cool News for nearly ten years. he was also a staff writer for Film.com and Hollywood.com. His first screenplay was for the critically acclaimed hit movie Sinister. He recently co-wrote the screenplay for Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE. He lives in Texas.
Read it for the Mad Max style robot on robot action and the full on nature of the story, stay for sense of loss, the gorgeous prose and the unforgettable yet somehow re-affirming bleakness. Recommended. — STARBURST MAGAZINE
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
Like a mecha Mad Max, Sea of Rust follows a band of misfits fighting to survive against a scorched, barren landscape. Drawing on Western and war movie traditions, with a philosophical heart that asks big questions about life, death, and the soul, this is accomplished, technically complex scifi. — SFX MAGAZINE
The novel does not stint on action and violence, but what lingers in the mind are its brutal vision of a world cannibalising itself and the poignant questions it raises about soul and sentience. — FINANCIAL TIMES
The book itself is a delightful patchwork of the familiar: the author skilfully blends Asimov (with an interesting twist on the laws of robotics), the Borg from Star Trek, Terminator and even a generous slice of Alice in Wonderland for good measure. These are themes we are familiar with, but arranged in such a way that we can never be quite sure what is going to happen next. I read Sea of Rust in a single day, which is testimony to just how engaging the storyline was. — THE BOOK BAG
A very exciting page-turner. — FORBIDDEN PLANET
Think WALL-E meets MAD MAX in this rumbumptious but also empathetic turbo-charged tale... Wonderfully evocative, a minor masterpiece and certainly quite different from anything else you've read for a long time. — CRIME TIME
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 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
To tell the human story, use a robot. Suspense, action, a relentless mind and a profound heart: Sea of Rust has it all. — Justina Robson
Robots with plasma weapons and chain-guns, battling in a post-apocalyptic world . . . what's not to like? — Neal Asher
For a first novel, it's phenomenal. Deliciously moreish, expect Dreams and Shadows to become modern horror fantasy legend and Cargill's lore to soar (DREAMS AND SHADOWS review) — SFX
After reading the first chapter, you will be left wondering how on earth the remaining 359 pages are ever going to live up to the the ones just turned. C. Robert Cargill's debut crams so much into its first chapter, can there be any more story to tell? Emphatically, the answer is yes (DREAMS AND SHADOWS review) — SciFiNow
The author has created a world where genies argue philosophy and complain about booze, and angels use rooftops as a place to perch . . . If you liked American Gods and Some Kind of Fairy Tale, then this will be right up your alley. Undoubtedly one to watch, C. Robert Cargill has penned a thoroughly enchanting debut novel (DREAMS AND SHADOWS review) — STARBURST
Dreams and Shadows has elements of Gaiman, Rothfuss and the Brothers Grimm themselves. But make no mistakes, this is Cargill's novel - a majestic tale of love in the shadows and death in bloody dreams. It's an astounding novel, and hard to believe this is Cargill's debut. (DREAMS AND SHADOWS review) — Fantasy Faction