Revealing We Lived on the Horizon, a Novel by Erika Swyler

Author Erika Swyler returns with an engrossing new novel about a bio-prosthetic surgeon and her personal AI as they are drawn into a catastrophic war. We’re thrilled to share the cover for We Lived on the Horizon—publishing January 14, 2025 with Atria/Simon & Schuster.

Bulwark is aptly named: a walled city built to protect and preserve the people who managed to survive a series of great cataclysms, Bulwark was founded on a system where sacrifice is rewarded called Parallax: the AI that runs the city and keeps the entire history of their civilization. Over generations, an elite class has evolved from the decedents of the founders of Bulwark, called the Sainted.

But one of the Sainted has just been murdered and the city AI inexplicably erases the murder from its data. Enter Saint Enita Malovis, a bio-prosthetist. The lone practitioner of her art, Enita is determined to preserve her legacy by creating a physical being, Nix, filled with her knowledge and experience that also connects to the city’s AI. When a body martyr and her friends come to Enita and Nix for help, they are unwittingly drawn into the growing rebellion that could change everything between Bulwark’s hidden underclass and the programs that impose and maintain order.

We Lived on the Horizon by bestselling author Erika Swyler grapples with concepts as varied as the human desire for utopia, the quest for ultimate knowledge, and what the future holds for humanity and machine alike.

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Cover of We Lived on the Horizon by Erika Swyler
Art Direction by Jimmy Iacobelli; Cover design by Laywan Kwan

Erika Swyler is the bestselling author of the novels Light From Other Stars, The Book of Speculation, and most recently, We Lived on the Horizon. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Catapult, LitHub, The New York Times, and elsewhere. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband and a mischievous house rabbit.

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