Whoever the lambdas might be, and wherever they really come from, they’re already here among us
Outwardly alien arrivals from a distant sea, the lambdas are genetically human. The government has noticed them. So has a whole gamut of extremist groups. Cara Gray has noticed them too, first as a haunting presence in her otherwise ordinary childhood, then as the impossibly shifting target of her work as a police officer.
When a bomb goes off at a school, Cara finds herself the weak point in a surveillance regime that has failed to prevent the worst terrorist atrocity in decades. A nebulous group of lambda extremists claims responsibility for the attack — but how could a vulnerable community of tiny aquatic humans, barely visible in society and seemingly indifferent to their own exploitation, be capable of such a horrific act?
In Cara’s world a family member can be replaced with an app, a police quantum computer has the power to decide who dies, and objects are legally alive. As her relationship with the lambdas deepens, Cara must decide whether to submit to the patterns of technology, violence and obsession, or to take action of her own.
David Musgrave lives with his family in North London. As a visual artist he has exhibited in major galleries in the UK, the United States and across Europe, and his work is held in many collections worldwide, including those of Tate and MoMA, New York. Musgrave’s short animated film Studio Golem was broadcast on Channel 4, and he continues to exhibit work in diverse media internationally. He has written fiction and non-fiction throughout his creative career, and was nominated for the inaugural Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize. A committed educator, he teaches Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, where he has established a long-running course on narrative for artists.