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
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