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Winterson's newest collection of essays features a dozen characteristically astute essays concerning the uses and abuses of Artificial Intelligence providing critical observations on today's biggest questions concerning humanity's relationship to technology.
Effortlessly suffuses literary history with scientific discovery, drawing connections between a wide range of distinguished thinkers like Mary Shelley, Ada Lovelace, Thomas Paine, and Alan Turing, providing fresh insights on our study of the human body in both art and science as informed by technological advancement since the Industrial Revolution.
Feminist figures are prominently featured in her exploration of gender roles and desire, expounding on the themes of her most recent novel, Frankissstein, a radical love story that ambitiously addresses current issues of trans rights, sex and gender, and artificial intelligence.
The book is already garnering buzz in UK where's it's been featured as a top Book of 2021 in the Guardian, Financial Times, and Evening Standard.
In its astute look at transhumanist ideas and the role of technology in history and society, 12 Bytes stands alongside titles like Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener, Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose, The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, and One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul.
As with Winterson's previous books The Passion and Oranges, 12 Bytes is an excellent candidate for course adoption in schools, particularly for its groundbreaking, contemplative exploration of human evolution from a literary and technological lens.
Frankissstein was named one of the Best Books of 2019 at Library Journal, Hudson Booksellers, and Publishers Weekly, and one of BookMarks' Best-Reviewed SciFi and Fantasy Books of 2019.
Winterson is a New York Times-bestselling author whose books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies in the US and abroad. Her 2012 bestselling memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? was a New York Times Editors' Choice and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. It was a best book of the year in the New York Times Book Review, O Magazine, Vogue, San Francisco Chronicle, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Guardian, and the Telegraph.
Winterson has won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Fiction, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and the E.M. Forster Award, among others.
Winterson is a longtime cultural icon and vocal advocate for LGBTQA rights whose work is widely celebrated for bringing queer themes into the mainstream. She is a two-time Lambda Literary Award winner and winner of the Stonewall Book Award for her depictions of queer experience.