I Still Dream

I Still Dream

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 ri 1997. 17-year-old Laura Bow has invented a rudimentary artificial intelligence, and named it Organon. At first...

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Title:I Still Dream
Author:James Smythe
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:0007541945
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

I Still Dream Reviews

  • Blair
    Jan 07, 2018
    As a teenager, Laura Bow builds an artificial intelligence. She calls it Organon after her childhood imaginary friend, itself named for a Kate Bush lyric. Organon is intended to be a sounding board, a sort of diary, a substitute therapist ? a way for Laura to work through some of the...
  • Steffi ~mereadingbooks~
    May 09, 2018
    intelligent. creative. human. funny. sad. scary. hopeful. beautiful. ...
  • Rachel
    Jun 06, 2018
    In 1997, 17-year-old Laura Bow creates Organon, an artificial intelligence that acts as a virtual diary of sorts to document her every thought. As Laura grows and matures, so too does Organon. In the midst of this, another technology company named Bow (named after their founder, Laura?...
  • Layla
    May 21, 2018
    Told over a century and spanning three continents, I Still Dream is the story of how we live our lives today and the uncomfortable marriage we've entered into with technology. Laura Bow is a coding prodigy. The child of a former, and missing since she was a little girl, programmer,...
  • Michael
    Jan 13, 2018
    A science fiction novel with a female lead, Laura Bow who is developing an AI that develops self-awareness. We follow her journey from 1997 as a 17 year old working on AI in their West London bedroom, this brough back a few memories what with the mention of Finnegans pub or Finnegan...
  • Kathryn
    Apr 06, 2018
    A compelling story of a reclusive Internet coding prodigy, her missing father, corporate ambition, love, loss and creation which begins steeped in hormones and nostalgia but becomes scarily prescient. If you're reading this, James Smythe's latest novel will almost certainly strike a...
  • Roz Morris
    Apr 29, 2018
    There's a lot about this novel that I liked. The characters were vividly drawn. The special world - AI development - and its characters were enjoyable, plausible and interesting. I liked the way that the AI program Organon remains mostly a private thing for its inventor, Laura, until w...
  • Indy
    Mar 31, 2018
    Really good and very interesting and engrossing read. I loved the technological elements within it as well as the time jumps. The other thing I loved about this book is that it wasn?t just a book about AI and technology, it was about people and the choices we make and how that in...
  • Jules
    Apr 10, 2018
    I Still Dream is a cracking story about humanity, the creation of artificial intelligence, and the impact each of those things have on each other. I love science fiction books, but this felt a little different to many of the others I?ve read. This book is quite a slow burner, but ...
  • Kate
    Apr 01, 2018
    James Smythe does it again. What an original, thought-provoking and fine author he is. I Still Dream is hauntingly melancholic, using the premise of the development of an unusual artificial intelligence over several decades to explore the very human themes of memory, forgetfulness and ...
  • Rebecca Rouillard
    May 05, 2018
    1997: 17-year-old Laura Bow develops a basic artificial intelligence that she uses to talk to about her life. She calls it Organon. From then the story checks in with Laura every decade as the world changes and Organon develops. Laura protects Organon and her own privacy fiercely but w...
  • Michele
    May 30, 2018
    This was a great idea, but could've been better executed. The most disappointing part, for me, is that the author barely touches on (and only at the very end of the book) the misogyny that's endemic in the world of computer programming. As a former programmer, I was particularly annoye...
  • David Harris
    Mar 27, 2018
    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of I Still Dream through Amazon Vine. In 1997, 17 year old Laura Bow argues with her mother and stepdad over the phone bill she piles up dialling in to AOL. In 2007, Laura split up with her boyfriend who works in the same Silicon ...
  • Runalong
    Apr 08, 2018
    Fantastic near future SF tale examine our relationships with AI - brilliantly written Full review at I Still Dream by James Smythe https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl... Fantastic near future SF tale examine our relationships with AI - brilliantly written Full review at ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Apr 03, 2018
    Oh I LOVED LOVED this book. I Still Dream is one of those stories you just don?t want to end ? not only is it beautifully written, immaculately plotted and entirely addictive, it has a wonderful main character in Laura and a highly topical, scarily prescient central theme. I ...
  • Vera
    Apr 12, 2018
    Another amazing piece of work from James Smythe. Complex and interesting characters (be it flesh and blood or metal and cables), a gripping idea that turns into an even more gripping story, and nothing is out of place. It wasn't what I expected, and that's why I loved it the most. I...
  • Siobhan
    Mar 25, 2018
    I Still Dream is an immersive and thoughtful novel about humanity, artificial intelligence, and memory that moves from a basic AI created in 1997 to a future where humanity needs fixing from the technology it has inflicted on itself. As a teenager, Laura Bow creates Organon, an artific...
  • Kate Vane
    Apr 06, 2018
    In 1997, between homework and phoning her friends and making mix tapes, seventeen-year-old Laura is still struggling to come to terms with the disappearance of her father several years earlier. Her mother took her to therapy but Laura thinks she can do better. Building on the code h...
  • Agnese
    May 21, 2018
    I Still Dream by James Smythe is an engaging and intellectually stimulating science fiction novel exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence and the border between human and machine, reminiscent of some of the great science fiction classics. I was gripped from the very first ...
  • Breakaway Reviewers
    May 28, 2018
    Exceptional novel looking at the advancement of technology with valid consideration of being human Lara Bow is the daughter of an early technology pioneer whose disappearance affects her deeply. Her grief and being in the throes of difficult teenage years are the catalyst for her ow...
  • Chantal Lyons
    Dec 02, 2017
    This is like no sci-fi I've ever read. And, if the ending fizzled out a little for me, that still doesn't mean the rest of the book wasn't worth it. I wasn't expecting a Terminator-style story, but neither was I expecting something so reflective, realistic, and very quietly powerful...
  • Latkins
    Jan 02, 2018
    This novel is one of the author's best so far. It tells the story of Laura Bow's life, beginning in 1997, when she is 17 years old, and moving forward in ten year intervals, to 2007, 2017, 2027, and so on. In 1997, she invents a primitive AI called Organon (named after a Kate Bush lyri...
  • Don Jimmy
    May 08, 2018
    Originally posted on donjimmyreviews.wordpress.com Let's get something out of the way first of all. Yes, this book is being "tagged" as science fiction, and yes, it could technically is, but for anyone who thinks science fiction is not their genre, I would urge you to pick this book...
  • Roy
    May 11, 2018
    This was chosen as our groups most recent book club read. It follows the journey of a young girl named Laura who has invented a friend/AI Organon. We follow the ups and downs of Lauras life as AI is slowly merged into societys lifestyles. This was great writing, with great depth and em...
  • Laura Tisdall
    Mar 25, 2018
    James Smythe's sixth novel for adults, I Still Dream, takes lots of the technology that's explored in Mark O'Connell's recent non-fiction account of transhumanism, To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death, a...
  • Sid Nuncius
    May 10, 2018
    I struggled a bit with I Still Dream. James Smythe is a very fine writer and I thought that The Machine was an outstanding book. This didn't feel nearly as original or interesting to me. The narrative begins in 1997 when Laura Bow is seventeen and a computer genius like her late fa...
  • Roman Clodia
    Nov 26, 2017
    'Let me into your life,' it said. 'Trust me.' Very much in the same territory as his The Machine (though lacking that book's emotional intensity), Smythe again explores the space between (wo)man and machine: what are their limits, where do they coalesce, what's the difference betwee...
  • Carolyn
    Apr 13, 2018
    1997 and Laura Bow is 17 years old. She has created a rudimentary artificial intelligence named Orgonon (the name (and indeed the book's title) taken from the Kate Bush song 'Cloudbusting', Laura and her absent father Daniel's favourite song, which they were listening to before his dis...
  • Peter Heywood
    Jan 02, 2018
    This novel bravely attempts to combine the nostalgic zeitgeist of the 1990s, the social media fears of the present day, and speculative science fiction about the generations to come. The first two elements are the strongest - to those who grew up in the advent of the internet, Laur...
  • Nic
    Feb 26, 2018
    4.5 stars for SFX (review forthcoming). ...