To Let a Tiger Be
It's the second half of the twenty-first century. The advent of the next industrial revolution has brought forth a new series of automation - machines that can perform any task safer, faster, better, and cheaper than any human ever could. With their introduction, unemployment levels soar, trade collapses, and the world falls into ruin. China becomes a closed state, Germany remains the only nation in Europe to retain stability, and the role of the United States government shifts primarily into a position of humanitarian aid for its own citizens. With this vast computational ability, however, comes a new possibility: artificial emulation of human consciousness, and with it, the creation of IEBs. These non-human citizens roam the streets, interact with the people that came before them, and work to determine their meaning. Their existence alone is enough to change the face of mankind forever.
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Nov 15, 2019For a first novel, this really surprised me. It seemed to show a lot of depth that I haven't seen in literature for some time, and reminded me a lot of the old cyberpunk classics: stories that philosophise about technology, morality, ethics, the future, and our place as humans in it. What I thought began as another story about AI instead turned out to be more about human consciousness, and what it really means to call yourself human. Not necessarily *being* human, but actually identifying as one (or not). Sometimes the two are not the same, and that is something I think many sci-fi authors overlook. This really delves into that dichotomy and tries to present questions about it for you to think about and answer yourself. Yes, it's a first novel, and yes, you can sometimes tell. The structure of the book is quite plain and follows a handful of different characters that eventually end up intersecting their individual paths. Each character focuses on a particular kind of question about... More > humanity and consciousness, and together they do form somewhat of a cohesive whole. However, the intersecting paths part isn't necessarily very strong narratively. It just kind of is there, and doesn't necessarily end up adding very much to the overall plot, as it is. However, these issues truly are minor. I've certainly read books by established authors that I just couldn't even finish due to rote and uninspired writing, and this isn't that. This is perfectly adequate writing that wraps interesting and novel ideas into a book that you do want to finish. The worldbuilding is subtle and suggestive, it never falls into the hole of being more about imagining a dystopic future. Rather, it suggests a possible, if not probable, continuation of our own reality in the very near future, so near and so taken for granted that we barely see it ourselves. Some of the events hinted at in the background are already happening today, but we're too close to our own history to see it. I'd love to read more stories set in this same space, because I think there are similarly novel and interesting ideas brewing there, as there were about artificial and natural intelligence that this author can expand upon. I really can't do anything but recommend this book, especially if you've read all the classics and have been somewhat disappointed with the more modern cyberpunk or sci-fi literature. This really pays homage to those genre-defining works in a respectful way, and simultaneously adds to them.< Less
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