Publication Date: March 3, 2020
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A gripping novel—set in a world parallel to our own—in which synthetic humans have become reality and quickly complicate matters of identity, life, and love: Machines Like Me is pure page-turning, thought-provoking Ian McEwan.
Set in an alternative 1982 London—where Britain has lost the Falklands War, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power, and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence—Machines Like Me powerfully portrays two lovers who will be tested beyond their understanding. 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. The near-perfect human that emerges is beautiful, strong, and clever—and a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will soon 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 against the power to invent things beyond our control.
Publication History: Talese hardcover, April 2019
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