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Chimera (Salt Modern Fiction)

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Dreams being such a prominent motif, the novel’s uncomfortable sense of dislocation is both blurred and heightened by a hallucinatory otherworldliness, and once the crew have reached Oneiros to find an AI-created virtual reality awaiting them it becomes harder than ever to say for sure what’s real and what isn’t. We are read by an informed, educated readership who can add their knowledge and insights to our stories. She is glad to be on this mission because she can trust that all the materials around her are real, unlike the ubiquitous fabricated scenarios of virtual realities on technology-obsessed Earth. It’s a wise decision, as this prose style also matches better the sparse landscape of the island itself. ACT Contact / FAQ About Events / Videos Merch / Subs Sign in/up Chimera Thompson, Alice More by this author.

When he is asked by an eccentric scientist to investigate the whereabouts of his amnesiac missing wife, Louise, Will finds himself entangled in layers of deceptions and disappearances that lead him inexorably back to an unsolved mystery in his own past: the loss of his young daughter Emily.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 narrative swivels from one thing to the next without apparent logic, as though Artemis herself is hallucinating.The world-building, for example, very tenuous, but also not really doing enough metaphor work to be theme-forward instead. Synopsis For disillusioned author Max Long, the offer of a writing-fellowship on the mysterious-sounding ‘Burnt Island’ is a godsend. For their own good, they are given pills to prevent them from dreaming, because dreams might impact on their sense of reality. Humans live their lives plugged into virtual reality, entertained so accepting of this limited lifestyle.

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