Chimera (Salt Modern Fiction)
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Expertly combining compelling storytelling with a cleverly constructed, elegant and metaphor-ridden style. do speak for an edited narrative, it's also so believable as an original-Artemis-POV that I then also have trouble taking the conceit seriously. 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.The reveal that it was augmented AI-Artemis who wrote the book - or at least, what it stands in for - does kind of throw the entire preceeding narrative into question for me.
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.
Her ship, the Chimera, has been sent to look for organisms that will help assuage Earth’s global warming, but it becomes clear on the journey that there are other disturbing reasons for the mission. It seems connected by literary electricity to other tales of isolation: The Shining, Pincher Martin, The Sea, The Sea. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. At the surface: Artemis is a part of a space mission to get to a new moon to try and find a bacteria that could help consume the carbon in the air on Earth and re-stabilize the environment.
Her ship, the Chimera has been sent to look for organisms that will help assuage Earth's global warming, but it becomes clear on the journey that there are other disturbing reasons for the mission. It's not a fast paced sci Fi thriller, it builds it's momentum to leave an absolutely insane ending. In a desperate bid for success, Max decides to compromise his talent by writing a horror bestseller. I also think it did something quite interesting with the narrator, but that's also part of the problem for me. Thompson works this chilly atmosphere of alienation into one of suspense and foreboding, keeping our curiosity piqued as a crewman disappears and suspicions arise that the dryads may be evolving beyond their programming, developments to which Artemis responds by growing closer to the most advanced dryad, Troy.
Thompson’s gripping narrative invites the reader to solve the mystery of Burnt Island and the true purpose of Max Long’s fellowship. But Alice Thompson is so brilliant, and takes the stories and characteristics of these Gods to create an original, and thought provoking unsettling sci fi and at times horror, space mission.