James Smythe - Author

About the Author

James Smythe was born in London in 1980. Since completing a PhD in Cardiff University, he has taught creative writing, and is currently writer/narrative designer for a major forthcoming video game. He lives on the grounds of a boarding school in West Sussex. He has also written a novel called The Testimony, which was published by Blue Door/HarperCollins in 2011.

Featured books by James Smythe

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man

Author: James Smythe Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

How far would you go to save your family from an invisible threat? A terrifyingly original thriller from the author of The Machine. Soon, we'll be able to predict everything. We'll predict weather patterns, traffic jams. We'll predict who is going to run countries. Laurence Walker wants to be President of the United States. He's a sure thing: adored by the public, ex-military, a real family man. A good man. But then ClearVista, the world's foremost prediction software, tells the world his chances. And not only will he not be President, but it predicts that he's going to do the worst thing he can imagine. But can he change that destiny? Or is ClearVista simply showing him the man that he's always meant to be? It will predict that Laurence's life is about to collapse in the most unimaginable way.

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man

Author: James Smythe Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/05/2014

How far would you go to save your family from an invisible threat? A terrifyingly original thriller from the author of The Machine. ClearVista is used by everyone and can predict anything. It's a daily lifesaver, predicting weather to traffic to who you should befriend. Laurence Walker wants to be the next President of the United States. ClearVista will predict his chances. It will predict whether he's the right man for the job. It will predict that his son can only survive for 102 seconds underwater. It will predict that Laurence's life is about to collapse in the most unimaginable way.

The Machine

The Machine

Author: James Smythe Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Haunting memories defined him. The machine took them away. She vowed to rebuild him. From the author of The Testimony comes a Frankenstein for the twenty-first century. Beth lives alone on a desolate housing estate near the sea. She came here to rebuild her life following her husband's return from the war. His memories haunted him but a machine promised salvation. It could record memories, preserving a life that existed before the nightmares. Now the machines are gone. The government declared them too controversial, the side-effects too harmful. But within Beth's flat is an ever-whirring black box. She knows that memories can be put back, that she can rebuild her husband piece by piece.

Other books by James Smythe

I Still Dream

I Still Dream

Author: James Smythe Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2018

1997. 17-year-old Laura Bow has invented a rudimentary artificial intelligence, and named it Organon. At first it's intended to be a sounding-board for her teenage frustrations, a surrogate best friend; but as she grows older, Organon grows with her. As the world becomes a very different place, technology changes the way we live, love and die; massive corporations develop rival intelligences to Laura's, ones without safety barriers or morals; and Laura is forced to decide whether to share her creation with the world. If it falls into the wrong hands, she knows, its power could be abused. But what if Organon is the only thing that can stop humanity from hurting itself irreparably?I STILL DREAM is a powerful tale of love, loss and hope; a frightening, heartbreakingly human look at who we are now ? and who we can be, if we only allow ourselves.

I Still Dream

I Still Dream

Author: James Smythe Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2018

A strikingly intelligent book about intelligence itself - Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent 1997. 17-year-old Laura Bow has invented a rudimentary artificial intelligence, and named it Organon. At first it's intended to be a sounding-board for her teenage frustrations, a surrogate best friend; but as she grows older, Organon grows with her. As the world becomes a very different place, technology changes the way we live, love and die; massive corporations develop rival intelligences to Laura's, ones without safety barriers or morals; and Laura is forced to decide whether to share her creation with the world. If it falls into the wrong hands, she knows, its power could be abused. But what if Organon is the only thing that can stop humanity from hurting itself irreparably? I STILL DREAM is a powerful tale of love, loss and hope; a frightening, heartbreakingly human look at who we are now - and who we can be, if we only allow ourselves.

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man

Author: James Smythe Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2017

How far would you go to save your family from an invisible threat? A terrifyingly original thriller from the author of The Machine. Soon, we'll be able to predict everything. We'll predict weather patterns, traffic jams. We'll predict who is going to run countries. Laurence Walker wants to be President of the United States. He's a sure thing: adored by the public, ex-military, a real family man. A good man. But then ClearVista, the world's foremost prediction software, tells the world his chances. And not only will he not be President, but it predicts that he's going to do the worst thing he can imagine. But can he change that destiny? Or is ClearVista simply showing him the man that he's always meant to be? It will predict that Laurence's life is about to collapse in the most unimaginable way.

Machine

Machine

Author: James Smythe Format: eBook Release Date: 10/08/2017

Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award 2014, this is a Frankenstein tale for our time from one of the UK's brightest new literary talents. Vic returned from war tormented by his nightmares. His once happy marriage to Beth all but disintegrated. A machine promised salvation, purging him of all memory. Now the machines are gone, declared too controversial, the side-effects too harmful. But within Beth's flat is an ever-whirring black box. She knows that memories can be put back and that she can rebuild her husband piece by piece. A Frankenstein tale for the 21st century, The Machine is a story of the indelibility of memory, the human cost of science and the horrors of love.

Testimony

Testimony

Author: James Smythe Format: eBook Release Date: 03/08/2017

A global thriller presenting an apocalyptic vision of a world on the brink of despair and destruction. What would you do if the world was brought to a standstill? If you heard deafening static followed by the words, 'My children. Do not be afraid'?Would you turn to God? Subscribe to the conspiracy theories? Or put your faith in science and a rational explanation?The lives of all twenty-six people in this account are affected by the message. Most because they heard it. Some because they didn't. The Testimony - a gripping story of the world brought to its knees and of its people, confused and afraid.

Echo

Echo

Author: James Smythe Format: eBook Release Date: 13/04/2017

The stunning sequel to James Smythe's critically acclaimed literary sci-fi novel THE EXPLORERTWENTY YEARS following the spacecraft Ishiguro's disappearance, humanity is setting its sights on the heavens once more. Under the direction of two of the most brilliant minds science has ever seen - twin brothers Tomas and Mirakel Hyvonen - this space programme has been tasked with one of the most difficult missions in its history: to study what is being called 'the anomaly' - a vast blackness of space thought to be responsible for the loss of the Ishiguro. But as the anomaly tests Mira and the rest of the hand-picked crew's sanity, Tomas will have to use all his ingenuity if he is to save his brother and their mission.

Explorer

Explorer

Author: James Smythe Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2017

A tense, claustrophobic and gripping science fiction thriller from the author of The Testimony. When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity's great explorers. But in space, nothing goes according to plan. The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue. But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death... unless he can do something to stop it.

The Machine

The Machine

Author: James Smythe Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2017

Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award 2014, this is a Frankenstein tale for our time from one of the UK's brightest new literary talents. Vic returned from war tormented by his nightmares. His once happy marriage to Beth all but disintegrated. A machine promised salvation, purging him of all memory. Now the machines are gone, declared too controversial, the side-effects too harmful. But within Beth's flat is an ever-whirring black box. She knows that memories can be put back and that she can rebuild her husband piece by piece. A Frankenstein tale for the 21st century, The Machine is a story of the indelibility of memory, the human cost of science and the horrors of love.

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man

Author: James Smythe Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/06/2015

How far would you go to save your family from an invisible threat? A terrifyingly original thriller from the author of The Machine.ClearVista is used by everyone and can predict everything.It's a daily lifesaver, predicting weather to traffic to who you should befriend.Laurence Walker wants to be the next President of the United States. ClearVista will predict his chances.It will predict whether he's the right man for the job.It will predict that his son can only survive for 102 seconds underwater.It will predict that Laurence's life is about to collapse in the most unimaginable way.

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man

Author: James Smythe Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

How far would you go to save your family from an invisible threat? A terrifyingly original thriller from the author of The Machine. Soon, we'll be able to predict everything. We'll predict weather patterns, traffic jams. We'll predict who is going to run countries. Laurence Walker wants to be President of the United States. He's a sure thing: adored by the public, ex-military, a real family man. A good man. But then ClearVista, the world's foremost prediction software, tells the world his chances. And not only will he not be President, but it predicts that he's going to do the worst thing he can imagine. But can he change that destiny? Or is ClearVista simply showing him the man that he's always meant to be? It will predict that Laurence's life is about to collapse in the most unimaginable way.

The Echo

The Echo

Author: James Smythe Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/01/2015

The stunning sequel to James Smythe's critically acclaimed literary sci-fi novel THE EXPLORER TWENTY YEARS following the spacecraft Ishiguro's disappearance, humanity is setting its sights on the heavens once more. Under the direction of two of the most brilliant minds science has ever seen - twin brothers Tomas and Mirakel Hyvoenen - this space programme has been tasked with one of the most difficult missions in its history: to study what is being called `the anomaly' - a vast blackness of space thought to be responsible for the loss of the Ishiguro. But as the anomaly tests Mira and the rest of the hand-picked crew's sanity, Tomas will have to use all his ingenuity if he is to save his brother and their mission.

The Machine

The Machine

Author: James Smythe Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Haunting memories defined him. The machine took them away. She vowed to rebuild him. From the author of The Testimony comes a Frankenstein for the twenty-first century. Beth lives alone on a desolate housing estate near the sea. She came here to rebuild her life following her husband's return from the war. His memories haunted him but a machine promised salvation. It could record memories, preserving a life that existed before the nightmares. Now the machines are gone. The government declared them too controversial, the side-effects too harmful. But within Beth's flat is an ever-whirring black box. She knows that memories can be put back, that she can rebuild her husband piece by piece.

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