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1997. Seventeen-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.    

©2018 James Smythe (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"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)

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A clever coming of age story, for an AI

I Still Dream dives into the human side of AI feet first. A touching story told over multiple timespans from the perspective of a programmer and her own AI.

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"But how did it know?"

More hopeful and humane than Black Mirror but just as engaging, this is a gorgeous piece of speculative fiction for anyone who's ever looked at their phone and thought, "but how did it know?"

The story of how AI-type programmes are created is filled in piece by piece and, refreshingly, looks at both how it could go horribly wrong and how wonderful that tech might be. This book will make you question how much of yourself you pour into your digital devices and how much access we give machines and corporations into our homes. It might make you want to chuck out your Alexa.

Normally I don't like it when a story is broken up over time, but each chapter was equally engaging and necessary to the story. There were some strange accent mash ups at times, but overrall the narration was great. And how could I not adore a novel that is a love song to Cloudbusting?