Eli Lee was born in Dorset and now lives in London. She writes fiction and non-fiction for a variety of anthologies, magazines and websites. She is the fiction editor and a contributor to the literary journal Minor Literatures and has also worked for Strange Horizons. Her debut novel, A Strange and Brilliant Light, has just been published.
Our interview begins at 15 minutes.
Mini book club: Cultish by Amanda Montell
A thought-provoking and compulsively readable exploration of how cult-ish language pervades our everyday life.
*Note: Caitlin read a copy through her job with Harper Collins Australia.
In this interview, we chat about:
- Why Eli describes A Strange and Brilliant Light as a ‘non-traditional sci-fi’ novel and why this was the key to finally writing the book which felt right
- The real-life relationship that inspired the novel
- Why Eli wanted to explore sexism and class struggles in an otherwise ‘advanced’ society
- Building the world of A Strange and Brilliant Light
- Eli’s top tip for writers working in any genre
- Exploring artificial intelligence and Eli’s research to make sure her alternate world was based on real AI possibilities
- Representations of AI in fiction and film
- How studying literature stole Eli’s confidence
- The strange magic of choosing a new book to read and the pleasure of re-reading
Books and other things mentioned:
- The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
- The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
- Her (movie)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (movie)
- Mitchell’s Vs the Machines (movie)
- Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
- This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
- Alice Monroe (author)
- Elena Ferrante (author)
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
- The Folded Clock: A Diary by Heidi Julavits
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Follow Eli @eli_lee_writes. A Strange and Brilliant Light is available now.
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Thank you to the team at Quercus Publishing for providing us with copes of A Strange and Brilliant Light.