The Machine

by James Smythe

eBooks of the Month Science Fiction

The Machine Synopsis

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.

The Machine Press Reviews

'Breathtaking'
Guardian

'Phenomenal ... simply unmissable' Tor.com

 

'Extraordinary
Dazed & Confused

 

'Reminiscent of Ian McEwan at his most macabre'
Will Wiles, author of Care of Wooden Floors

'Terrifying and moving'
Sam Byers, author of Idiopathy

'Part Twilight Zone, part Iain Banks'
Nikesh Shukla, author of Coconut Unlimited

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ISBN: 9780007507504
Publication date: 16/01/2014
Publisher: Blue Door an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007507504
Publication date: 16th January 2014
Author: James Smythe
Publisher: Blue Door an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 328 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Science Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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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