The year is 2050: automated cities, vehicles, and homes are now standard, artificial Intelligence, CRISPR gene editing, and quantum computing have become a reality, and climate change is in full swing―sea levels are rising, clouds have disappeared, and the planet is heating up.

Quinn Buyers is a climate scientist who'd rather be studying the clouds than getting ready for her wedding day. But when an unexpected tragedy causes her to lose everything, including her famous scientist mother, she embarks upon a quest for answers that takes her across the globe―and she uncovers friends, loss and love in the most unexpected of places along the way. Gravity Is Heartless is bold, speculative fiction that sheds a hard light on the treatment of our planet even as it offers a breathtaking sense of hope for the future.


Sarah started THE AUTOMATIC PENCIL in 2019 as a response to the rapidly changing world of the 21st century. This is a world adjusting to its ideas on how humanity engages with nature, a world grappling with the rise of AI (Artificial Intelligence), quantum computing, driverless vehicles, smart cities, digital currencies, automated homes and appliances, and climate change. What will the world be like in thirty years time? Who will you be in 2050 and how   will you live? These are the questions THE AUTOMATIC PENCIL intends to address.

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