Great review of Stephen Palmer’s Beautiful Intelligence over at the Guardian: “…a thrilling chase across a ravaged Europe, a burgeoning North Africa and balkanised US, interleaving excellent action set-pieces with fascinating philosophising on the nature of consciousness. A gripping read to the poignant last line.”
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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.
“A supremely odd yet deeply rewarding experience…” Jason Pettus, CCLAP
“Stephen Palmer is a find.” Time Out
“Stephen Palmer is a writer you should read. His work is unique, original, sometimes challenging, always fresh and sometimes barking…” Amazing Stories
Cover by Steve Jones
Published: 01 Jul 2015
Out now: Total Conflict, edited by Ian Whates
Eighteen stories of strife and mayhem from some of the biggest names in Science Fiction. Tales of humanity pushed to its limits, of striving, ingenuity, brilliance, desperate action, violence, and resolution. Eighteen tales of Conflict, of Science Fiction at its absolute best.
1. Introduction – Ian Whates
2. The Wake – Dan Abnett
3. Psi.Copath – Andy Remic
4. Unaccounted – Lauren Beukes
5. The New Ships – Gareth L Powell
6. The Harvest – Kim Lakin-Smith
7. The War Artist – Tony Ballantyne
8. Proper Little Soldier – Martin McGrath
9. The Maker’s Mark – Michael Cobley
10. Brwydr Am Ryddid – Stephen Palmer
11. Occupation – Colin Harvey
12. Sussed – Keith Brooke
13. The Soul of the Machine – Eric Brown
14. Extraordinary Rendition – Steve Longworth
15. The Legend of Sharrock – Philip Palmer
16. The Cuisinart Effect – Neal Asher
17. The Ice Submarine – Adam Roberts
18. War Without End – Una McCormack
19. Welcome Home, Janissary – Tim C Taylor
Just out – the first infinity plus print edition of Fish Eats Lion, edited by Jason Erik Lundberg:
Fish Eats Lion collects the best original speculative fiction from Singapore – fantasy, science fiction, and the places in between – all anchored with imaginative methods to the Lion City. These twenty-two stories, from emerging writers publishing their first work to winners of the Singapore Literature Prize and the Cultural Medallion, explore the fundamental singularity of the island nation in a refreshing variety of voices and perspectives. This anthology is a celebration of the vibrant creative power underlying Singapore’s inventive prose stylists, where what is considered normal and what is strange are blended in fantastic new ways.
“Lundberg combines accessibility with a uniquely Singaporean flavor in his selections. SF readers looking to expand their horizons will enjoy visiting new worlds from an unaccustomed point of view.” – Publishers Weekly
“I doubt I’ll read a more engaging collection this year. […] There’s a rich optimism to be found here that speaks of lesser-known spec-fic writers rising to a challenge, and that challenge being more than adequately met.” – Pete Young, Big Sky
“Entertaining in this post-colonial era, it hints at how storytellers can become mythmakers, with the power to change the world.” – Akshita Nanda, The Straits Times
Working on Garry Kilworth’s fabulous new novel, The Iron Wire (due later this month – watch this space), I was struck by how many excellent books I’ve worked on at infinity plus, and in particular, how many of them now have print editions. I thought I’d write a blog post to highlight some of them, and explain how we kind of sidestepped into print editions, having initially set out as an ebook-only publisher.
But then, I thought… it’s not fair to pick out individual titles to highlight like this, particularly when it’s the range of titles that had struck me. So instead, here’s the complete listing of print titles.
Note: while I hope that you’ll enjoy these books wherever you buy them (and I’m delighted that independent bookstores are stocking our books), authors get the most financial benefit if you buy from Createspace.
infinity plus: titles by format: print
Ordered by release date
See also: books from our infinite press imprint
Another of these excellent volumes collecting nearly 40 non-fiction essays from some of the most exciting authors working today. Offering an unique insight into the creative and publishing process, these essay reveal all the beauty, effort and frustration that inevitable comes hand in hand with the urge to write, edit or illustrate.
Contributors include Steven Erikson, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Hugh Howey, Richard Kadrey, Christopher Fowler, Gary Gibson, Eric Brown, Garry Kilworth, Steve Rasnic Tem, Ian R. MacLeod, Cat Sparks, James Everington, Pat Cadigan, Freda Warrington, Nick Mamatas, Robert Reed and many more.
And what’s more, like the earlier volumes editors Kristijan Meic and Ivana Steiner are donating all proceeds to the charity Epilepsy Action, who have been hugely supportive of my daughter Molly (to whom this book is dedicated).
Lots of good reasons to grab a copy!
Available from http://storybundle.com/cyberpunk:
A bundle of cyberpunk novels from top authors, including Frank Herbert, Kevin J Anderson, Melissa Scott and David Bischoff. Oh, and yours truly, of course.
And what’s more, you get to choose how much you want to pay! If you pay $3 or more you get these titles:
- Resurrection, Inc. by Kevin J. Anderson
- Lost Things by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham
- The Infinite Battle (Star Hounds: Book 1) by David Bischoff
- PSI/NET by Billy Dee Williams and Rob MacGregor
- The Accord by Keith Brooke
- On My Way to Paradise by David Farland
Pay $15 or more, and you get these additional titles:
- Immortal by Steven Savile
- High-Opp by Frank Herbert
- Pennsylvania by Michael Bunker
- Dreamships by Melissa Scott
- Galactic Warriors (Star Hounds: Book 2) by David Bischoff
- The Macrocosmic Conflict (Star Hounds: Book 3) by David Bischoff
- Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus by Milo Behr
And when you buy you can select to donate part of your payment to charity.
This bundle of books is coordinated by Steven Savile, whose novel Immortal appears here exclusively a month ahead of its publication anywhere else. Of this bundle, he says:
“Some of these writers are among my favourites in any genre. I can honestly say I adore each and every one of the books in this bundle. More than anything, I think the books here do a fantastic job of showcasing the dark cities and darker edges of where this world is going and can’t help but capture your imagination in the same way that Philip K Dick and other great writers captured mine. I really hope you enjoy them.”
The Cyberpunk Storybundle is available from http://storybundle.com/cyberpunk. All books are available in a variety of DRM-free formats.