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Barely 18, Malaysian-born Shirin Se­gran is one the world’s youngest sci­ence-fic­tion writ­ers. “Sci-fi lets me ex­plore ideas that are plau­si­ble while push­ing the lim­its far enough that it veers into the realm of fan­tasy, with splashes of philo­soph­i­cal con­cepts,” she says. Her first book, Aegis Ris­ing, is based on how she would like an ad­ven­ture to be if she were in the wilder­ness. “An­cient civil­i­sa­tions in­trigue me, and the po­ten­tial of the hu­man mind in­spired part of the work. The story got clearer as I started to write and kept writ­ing. Ideas would un­fold and I could see sev­eral paths that led to a set of con­clu­sions – all that was left was to pick which I wanted,” Shirin ex­plains. “There’s the con­cept of there be­ing too much dark­ness in the world as well, and it be­ing bet­ter to light a can­dle than curse at the dark­ness.” While launch­ing her de­but novel, she un­veiled the Aegis League, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion based on the prin­ci­ple of youth em­pow­er­ing youth. “In my re­search I came across an ar­ti­cle about mi­cro-loans. So was born the Aegis League. The goal is to of­fer in­ter­est-free mi­cro-loans. A por­tion of the royalty from my book will be do­nated to the League’s fund.”

Shirin Se­gran

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