Chimera

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Novels about artificial intelligence are formally obliged to ask what it means to be human … this conundrum is the crankhandle of Chimera’s inventively unsettling plot. It will have you second-guessing the schlockier details: the technocratic ruling class being called the “ElITe”, a character opening a dryad’s “cranium hardware” and deadpanning the line: “his sense of self had gone askew”. It will also convince you that giving away our dreams and words on the cheap might prove just as catastrophic as pillaging the Earth.

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Ash Caton, The Glasgow Review of Books
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Detaljer

Forlag
Salt Publishing
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781784632540
Utgivelsesår
2023
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

Alice Thompson was born and brought up in Edinburgh. She was the former keyboard player with post-punk eighties band, The Woodentops and joint winner with Graham Swift of The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction for her first novel, Justine. Her second novel, Pandora’s Box, was shortlisted for The Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. Her other novels are Pharos, The Falconer and most recently Burnt Island. Alice is a past winner of a Creative Scotland Award. She is now lecturer in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University.

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Novels about artificial intelligence are formally obliged to ask what it means to be human … this conundrum is the crankhandle of Chimera’s inventively unsettling plot. It will have you second-guessing the schlockier details: the technocratic ruling class being called the “ElITe”, a character opening a dryad’s “cranium hardware” and deadpanning the line: “his sense of self had gone askew”. It will also convince you that giving away our dreams and words on the cheap might prove just as catastrophic as pillaging the Earth.

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Ash Caton, The Glasgow Review of Books

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Chimera is a restatement of that old science fiction question “What is it that makes us human?”, but Thompson takes a very distinctive approach, the notion of “dreams as poetic metaphors of thought” allowing for explorations of the nature of consciousness and where it resides, the fear of losing one’s identity, the omnipresence of AI, the frightening implications of virtual reality and the suggestion of forces powerful enough to override both machine programming and human nature – all overlapping and interacting with each other in interesting and inventive ways.

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Alastair Mabbott, The Herald

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Chimera’s great accomplishment is its articulation of the feeling that, when we look out to space, we see the same planets and stars that ancient civilizations saw. Certainly it seems signifificant that, when the crew reaches the base on Oneiros, a virtual reality programme depicts their surroundings as a Roman villa – “an odd combination of ancient opulence and high-tech”. Life on a spaceship can be austere, devoid of warmth or desire, even fresh air. Thompson counterbalances her account of this existence with the oldest set of references in the English-speaking world. She gives us an AI named Troy, a fountain of poetry and philosophy (everything from Plato to e. e. cummings). His role, it seems, is to process human history as the crew crosses the cosmos, “faster than the speed of light”, into unknown territory.

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Lily Herd, TLS

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Alice Thompson is one of British fiction’s best kept secrets. She has produced playful and provocative novels in several genres – supernatural, espionage, crime and postmodern metafiction. Chimera, her first book in eight years, is profound, accessible and entertaining sci-fi.

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Andy Hedgecock, Morning Star

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The book opens with a prologue in which a couple have been reunited following the woman’s return from Oneiros, a distant moon. Whatever happened during her mission has left her with impaired memory, and lacking the resentments felt before she left. She starts to write a novel, and it is this that makes up the bulk of the tale.

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Jackie Law, neverimitate

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Set in a not-so-distant future, Alice Thompson’s eighth work of fiction, Chimera, is just that: a chimera of a novel. It also happens to be the name of the spaceship sent on a follow-up expedition to the Moon Oneiros. The mission is to look for micro-organisms that might alleviate the critical levels of carbon dioxide on Earth. But soon enough, we sense there is also a darker purpose.

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Afric McGlinchey, Bookmunch

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