Realist SF is back
July 25, 2018. Paris .
The Synapse Sequence, by Daniel Godfrey. Titan Books, 2018. Just bought at W.H. Smith Paris, which has a permanently up to date SF line of books.
A real effort to present a realistic world where robots are widely replacing humans, with an algorithmic logic which pushes them to look for more and more power. Without pushing to the limits explored for instance by Asimov in I Robot, but in the same logic. In the world of Godfrey, a central aim is to reduce the criminality. And that leads to some unpleasant results.
At last, science-fiction writers are back to actual issues and not only on magic and fantasy.
Presentation on Amazon :
"The new thrilling sci-fi novel from the author of New Pompeii and Empire of Time In a future
" Anna Glover may be the most hated woman in the troubled city the media s scapegoat for an unpopular war. Now she hides from the public eye, investigating neglected cases by using the mind-invading technology of the synapse sequencer to enter witnesses memories. When a PI brings her a new high-stakes case, Anna sees a chance for atonement. But soon she is drawn into a plot that threatens to upend her hard-won anonymity and put everyone in danger even those she hopes to save. "