‘The best fictional treatment of the possibilities and horrors of artificial intelligence that I’ve read’ Guardian
In 1997 Laura Bow invented Organon, a rudimentary artificial intelligence.
Now she and her creation are at the forefront of the new wave of technology, and Laura must decide whether or not to reveal Organon’s full potential to the world. If it falls into the wrong hands, its power could be abused. Will Organon save humanity, or lead it to extinction?
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.
‘Smythe's most accomplished work… Utterly engrossing’ Observer Best Summer Books
‘Superbly evocative… a book about varieties of intelligence (human, artificial, moral and emotional) which showcases the novelistic one of its very smart and very talented creator’ Sunday Times
‘I Still Dream is amazing!’ Beth Lewis, author of Wolf Road
‘Sad, beguiling…a beautiful mixtape about what it is to be human, and alive, and to love another more than oneself’ Irish Times
‘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
‘This is a visionary novel about what it is to be human. It is a startling look at intelligence, empathy and grief in the face of technology. Smythe has written his masterpiece’
Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant and author of Meatspace
‘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
About the author
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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With its vivid characters and provocative examination of AI, James Smythe’s novel is like an entertaining but haunting episode of Black Mirror. The story opens in 1997, when 17-year-old Laura builds her lifelong companion, a computer named Organon. As technology advances and time passes—well beyond our current era—Laura and Organon’s story raises questions about artificial intelligence and its potential impact on our lives (and deaths). This is sci-fi that feels creepily plausible.