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First edition cover
AuthorGareth L. Powell
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreScience fiction
PublisherPendragon Press
Publication date
10 April 2010
Media typePrint (Hardcover)

Silversands (ISBN 1906864063, published by Pendragon Press) is a science fiction novel by British writer Gareth L. Powell. It was his debut novel.

Plot summary[edit]

In an age where interstellar travel is dangerous and unpredictable, and no-one knows exactly where a trip ends up, Avril Bradley is a Communications officer onboard a ship sent to re-contact as many of these lost souls as possible. But a mysterious explosion strands her in a world of political intrigue, espionage and subterfuge; a world of retired cops, digital ghosts and corporate assassins who fight for possession of computer data that had lain undisturbed for almost a century.

Ebook edition[edit]

As Silversands was only produced in a limited run in hardcover, online publisher Anarchy Books released a mass-market ebook edition in April 2012, including the bonus short story "Memory Dust".

Critical reception[edit]

The novel received mostly favorable reviews, including reviews from Interzone and Eric Brown in The Guardian. Brown regarded the novel as a "fine hi-tech romp" but was critical of what he called "a rushed and melodramatic dénouement."[1]


  1. ^ Eric Brown (10 April 2010). "Science fiction review roundup". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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