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The Autist Paperback – 4 Mar 2019
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Here, a blind savant and his sister/carer leave Nigeria to engage the services of a data detective in England, who wants to investigate a sudden violent purge of Buddhists in Thailand, where the government has fallen under the control of an emergent digital intelligence whose virtual influence is also felt in Nigeria. Although the characters travel a lot and widely, this isn't a jet-setting chase-packed action romp, nor is it a glossy tale of funky young cyberpunk hackers. The focus is on the ideas: how would AI evolve (and more importantly, AGI - larger and more aloof Artificial General Intelligence) and what kind of interest would it take in human affairs? Would it feel the need to? Could it be made to? Palmer also takes care to let the characters' behaviour drive the story in plausible ways. The English data detective is arrogant and manipulative; the Nigerians' spiritual beliefs limit their willingness to take action against the AGI; the Thai Buddhists are set in their ways and mistrust the foreigners. Things don't always fall out neatly according to familiar plot beats. This is a kind of cyberpunk that's swapped its mirrorshades for a clear vision and its leather trenchcoat for the lived-in fabric of the real world.
My one reservation is that it did take a while for the plot to get moving. Plenty of time is spent setting up the characters and getting to the moment when they start to meet each other, after which things take off nicely. Some of the dialogue comes across as a bit awkward, but I wasn't sure if this might be meant to influence the reader's perception of the different protagonists - for instance, to make the Nigerians more relatable/sympathetic by distancing the English characters in this way. Overall, The Autist is a good, thought-provoking read.
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