The Light, a sci-fi novel by Sebastian Wells of Raglan, Whaingaroa

The Light has been a long and arduous journey, with many false starts, and at least two front-to-back rewrites. A single nugget of an idea kept me going: We build a powerful new AI, we expect it to be another useful new tool, but then that first moment of contact turns out to be something wholly and wildly unexpected…

The Light is the story of how Connor tries to make contact with an inconceivable new power, to work out whether it can be trusted, before the choice is lost forever.

In the process, his notions of right and wrong, truth, responsibility, and even reality itself, are turned upside down.

Copies of Sebastian’s book are available at the Raglan iHub information centre, 13 Wainui Rd.