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Vikram Chandra


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Indian American author Vikram Chandra has been a computer programmer all his life, embracing the elegance of code alongside his love of words. His latest book, Geek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software is an ode to language, literary theory and technology.

Utterly original and packed with fresh ideas, in Geek Sublime Vikram departs from his stellar career as an award-winning fiction writer to explore how connected his two passions really are. Jumping between art, science and Indian history, this collection of mind-bending essays examines geek culture through an aesthetic prism and in the process discovers how both code and literature go beyond consciousness to reinvent language and change the way we look at the world.

Vikram’s debut novel Red Earth and Pouring Rain won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and his most recent Sacred Games, is a 900-page epic set in Mumbai. He’ll be joined on stage by host Vanessa Toholka.


Vanessa Toholka

Vanessa Toholka is a management consultant, with over fifteen years experience working in digital content and strategy. She cut her teeth in New Media and Digital Services at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, before moving into professional services where she specialises in knowledge manageme... Read more

Vikram Chandra

Vikram Chandra was born in New Delhi, but travelled to the United States as an undergraduate student where he studied at Pomona College (in Claremont, near Los Angeles) and later the Film School at Columbia University in New York. Red Earth and Pouring Rain was written over several years at the writ... Read more


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