I Still Dream
"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.
Praise for I Still Dream: `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 `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
James Smythe is the winner of the Wales Fiction Book of the Year 2013 and shortlisted nominee for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2014. He is the author of the Anomaly Quartet which includes The Explorer and The Echo. James currently lives in London and teaches creative writing. Twitter @jpsmythe