Monday, August 17, 2015

Beautiful Intelligence
Stephen Palmer

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Stephen Palmer is the author of nine novels: Memory Seed (Orbit 1996), Glass (Orbit 1997), Flowercrash (Wildside 2002), Muezzinland (Wildside 2003), Hallucinating (Wildside 2004) and The Rat And The Serpent (Prime Books 2005). In 2010 PS Publishing published Urbis Morpheos. In 2014 Infinity Plus Books published his surreal slipstream steampunk novel Hairy London, then in 2015 the cyberpunk-influenced Beautiful Intelligence. Ebooks of Muezzinland, Hallucinating and The Rat And The Serpent are available from Infinity Plus, who have also published the ebooks of Memory Seed, Glass and Flowercrash. His short stories have been published by Wildside Press, Spectrum SF, NewCon Press, Mutation Press, Eibonvale Press, Solaris, TFQ, Unspoken Water, Kraxon Publishing, Tickety Boo Press and Boo Books. Further short stories will appear in 2015 and onwards. Stephen lives and works in Shropshire, UK.


AI or BI? Artificial intelligence or beautiful intelligence?

The race to create a sentient machine is headed by two teams, led by former researchers at Ichikawa Laboratories, who escape the regime there – and each other – to pursue their own dreams in the world beyond Japan.

Leonora Klee is creating a single android with a quantum computer brain, whose processing power has never before been achieved.

Manfred Klee is creating a group of individuals, none of them self-aware, in the hope that they will raise themselves to consciousness.

But with a Japanese chase team close on their heels, will either be successful before they are trapped and caught?

Beautiful Intelligence is a fast-paced, philosophical thriller that confronts questions of how we will create artificial sentience, and whether it will be beautiful.


“Memory Seed (is) a notable debut novel.” SFX

“Stephen Palmer is a find.” Time Out

“Stephen Palmer has concocted a beguiling adventure that draws on

some of the best sf of recent years for its basic themes. . . ” Starburst

“Stephen Palmer’s imagination is fecund. . . ” Interzone

“. . .an intriguing dystopian ecological-catastrophe novel,

diverging from the recent trend of socially-driven catastrophes in

British sf.” Foundation

“Stephen Palmer takes biotech to its farthest extreme, and

beyond into entropy, yet he offers a flicker of hope.” Locus

“This latest novel confirms that in Stephen Palmer, science

fiction has gained a distinctive new voice.” Ottakar’s

“This is a brilliant second novel and makes, like its predecessor, a

welcome change in a genre clogged with tat.” SFX

“Give him a try; his originality is refreshing.” David V Barrett

“The author of Memory Seed and Glass offers a challenging and

thoughtful future world that should satisfy readers with a love for

far-future sf and New Wave fiction.” Library Journal

“. . . (a) supremely odd yet deeply rewarding experience.” CCLaP

"In the madness of Science Fiction's abundant selections from moderate futurist to Steam Punk, it is good to find a novel that holds its own against the dystopian themes of man versus machine, which have become quite popular over the past 20 years, although we can go back to The Twilight Zone for a taste of sentient robots (for lack of a better term--they all seem to be taken by books, TV shows and movies today). Palmer rethinks the future by straining it through the ecological issues we face today with Global Warming and Technological pollution and retells its story via the values, hopes, and naivete of 1950s Science Fiction narrative. The melding of past, present and future in 'Beautiful Intelligence' permits the reader to experience the dread of a bleak future with the optimistic writing style common to the Space Adventures of the 1940s and '50s. The narrative carries us to another dimension as real as any created by Frank Herbert or Ray Bradbury. Throw in a pinch of John Shirley's caustic hope, and you have Stephen Palmer showing us the light at the end of the tunnel. Now, whether or not we reach this light is another matter. Beautiful Intelligence is worth the read if only to get in on the discussion at hand regarding mankind's place in tomorrow's uncertain landscape. A vision rich with well-drawn characters and portentous themes, a beautiful read awaits you." Servante of Darkness Blog

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