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I Still Dream by James Smythe
  

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Synopsis

I Still Dream by James Smythe

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.

Reviews

Praise for I Still Dream:

`The best fictional treatment of the possibilities and horrors of artificial intelligence that I've read
Guardian

`A haunting meditation on the implications of AI, on intelligence itself, and on what it means to live and die in the age of technology. I Still Dream is a must-read for fans of David Mitchell, for anyone who's ever used a smartphone, and for anyone who appreciates riveting plots and beautiful prose.
Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

`Combines tense corporate drama with a tender and affecting life story. Although it describes the creation of an artificial intelligence, it is really about how we create ourselves, and the people we love. Though rooted in today's news and debates, its human story makes it timeless ... a profound and beautiful book
Will Wiles

`A humane, thought-provoking and powerful book ... superbly orchestrated ... beautiful, involving, emotionally compelling
Adam Roberts

`One of the most affecting and brilliant books I've read this year ... a huge achievement: toweringly ambitious, and yet beautifully controlled and crafted
Sam Byers, author of Idiopathy


`I STILL DREAM begins with melancholy nostalgia, before growing urgently contemporary and finally chillingly prescient. It is a strikingly intelligent book about intelligence itself: artificial intelligence, emotional intelligence, and all the ways we watch each other. Having read it, you may wish to turn off your phone
Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent

Praise for James Smythe:

`A writer with a preternaturally powerful and distinctive voice
Guardian

`Smythe's storytelling is pacey and addictive; he has a fiendish talent for springing surprises
The Times

About the Author

James Smythe

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.

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Publication date

5th April 2018

Author

James Smythe

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Publisher

The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Science Fiction

Science fiction

ISBN

9780007541959

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