THREE PEOPLE. THREE TIME-LINES. ONE MYSTERY.
An absurdly implausible take on the potential threat posed by artificial intelligence.
(AI Trilogy, Book 1)
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
Date: 17th June 2005 (First Published 2004)
There have been numerous science fiction stories in different mediums that have explored the idea of artificial intelligence, and the potential threat it may pose to humanity if it were ever to attain sentience/self awareness. That being the case, there is little in the central premise of Tom Ballantyne’s début novel, Recursion, that hasn’t been done before by other writers. So it should come as no surprise that the book adheres to the general consensus that artificial intelligence is bad news. But perhaps the one aspect of the novel that sets it apart from other tales that have tackled the subject is the structure of its narrative.