With motifs pilfered from sci-fi paperbacks and familiar tropes plucked from Asimov and Bradbury, what might have been a magpie’s nest of a novel, brimming with borrowed dazzle, is instead a masterclass in speculative fiction. McEwan presents a peculiar love triangle, between Charlie and Miranda (intelligent, urbane denizens of a fabulated 1980s London), and Adam, their android companion. With humour and irreverence, McEwan crafts a unique, timely novel that asks all-too-relevant questions about the moral obligations of both the individual and the state.
- Recommended by Leon Hickey, Dubray Galway
Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding.Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda's assistance, he co-designs Adam's personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever - a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma. Ian McEwan's subversive and entertaining new novel poses fundamental questions: what makes us human? Our outward deeds or our inner lives? Could a machine understand the human heart? This provocative and thrilling tale warns of the power to invent things beyond our control.`This is new and exciting ground for McEwan, one of Britain's most consistently brilliant writers.' Esquire
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