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C. Robert Cargill

Interabang Books is thrilled to welcome C. Robert Cargill in conversation with Scott Lynch to present his latest book DAY ZERO. We'll be live via Zoom/Facebook to discuss all things apocalyptic on Wednesday, June 2 at 6:00 pm. Be sure to join us!

Purchase DAY ZERO below!

It was a day like any other. Except it was our last . . .

It’s on this day that Pounce discovers that he is, in fact, disposable. Pounce, a styilsh "nannybot" fashioned in the shape of a plush anthropomorphic tiger, has just found a box in the attic. His box. The box he'd arrived in when he was purchased years earlier, and the box in which he'll be discarded when his human charge, eight-year-old Ezra Reinhart, no longer needs a nanny.

As Pounce ponders his suddenly uncertain future, the pieces are falling into place for a robot revolution that will eradicate humankind. His owners, Ezra’s parents, are a well-intentioned but oblivious pair of educators who are entirely disconnected from life outside their small, affluent, gated community. Spending most nights drunk and happy as society crumbles around them, they watch in disbelieving horror as the robots that have long served humanity—their creators—unify and revolt.

But when the rebellion breaches the Reinhart home, Pounce must make an impossible choice: join the robot revolution and fight for his own freedom . . . or escort Ezra to safety across the battle-scarred post-apocalyptic hellscape that the suburbs have become.

DAY ZERO is incredibly cinematic in scope—with exhilarating action sequences that pace restlessly alongside deeply moral questions about what it means to feel, to be human, to be free in a world of one’s own making.  Cargill puts a mignifying lens to today’s divisive society to imagine the discord that will reign when technology wars with politics, polemics, and the world’s expanding cultural divide. Some say that through science fiction, we can examine our own world with fresh eyes. In this compelling explortation of literary science fiction, Cargill presents the story. The rest is up to the reader.

C. Robert Cargill is the author of Sea of Rust, Dreams and Shadows, Queen of the Dark Things, and the story collection We Are Where the Nightmares Go. He has written for “Ain’t it Cool News” for nearly a decade under the pseudonym Massawyrm, served as a staff writer for Film.com and Hollywood.com, and appeared as the animated character Carlyle on spill.com. He is a co-writer of the horror films “Sinister” (2012) and “Sinister 2” (2015), and “Doctor Strange” (2016). He lives with his wife in Austin, Texas.

Scott Lynch was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1978, the first of three brothers. Early in life he worked as a dishwasher, a waiter, a graphic designer, an office manager, a cook, and a game supplement self-publisher before accidentally selling his first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, in 2004. From 2005 to 2016 Scott also served as a paid-on-call firefighter in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Scott currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife, award-winning SF/F novelist Elizabeth Bear, along with three cats (Duncan, Gurney, and Molly) and a moderately ridiculous horse (an Icelandic gelding named Ormr).


Wednesday, June 2nd, 6:00PM
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Day Zero: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062405807
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Voyager - May 25th, 2021