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We Are Satellites

(2021)
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Awards
2022 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (nominee)

"Taut and elegant, carefully introspected and thoughtfully explored."—The New York Times

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


Everybody's getting one.

Val and Julie just want what’s best for their kids, David and Sophie. So when teenage son David 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. 

Soon, Julie feels mounting pressure at work to get a Pilot to keep pace with her colleagues, leaving Val and Sophie part of the shrinking minority of people without the device.  

Before long, the implications are clear, for the family and society: get a Pilot or get left behind. With government subsidies and no downside, why would anyone refuse? And how do you stop a technology once it's everywhere? Those are the questions Sophie and her anti-Pilot movement rise up to answer, even if it puts them up against the Pilot's powerful manufacturer and pits Sophie against the people she loves most.


Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"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

"Pinsker writes intensely human sci-fi, exploring with nuance and heart the ways technology impacts the emotional lives of her characters....it’s 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


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