The Machine

By James Smythe

Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award 2014, this is a Frankenstein tale for our time from one of the UK’s brightest new literary talents.

Vic returned from war tormented by his nightmares. His once happy marriage to Beth all but disintegrated. A machine promised salvation, purging him of all memory.

Now the machines are gone, declared too controversial, the side-effects too harmful. But within Beth’s flat is an ever-whirring black box. She knows that memories can be put back and that she can rebuild her husband piece by piece.

A Frankenstein tale for the 21st century, The Machine is a story of the indelibility of memory, the human cost of science and the horrors of love.

Format: Paperback
Release Date: 16 Jan 2014
Pages: 328
ISBN: 978-0-00-750750-4
James Smythe was born in London in 1980. He has worked as a computer game writer and currently teaches creative writing. He also writes a blog for the Guardian. The Machine is his fourth novel and is shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2014. Previous novels include The Testimony and a science fiction series including The Explorer and The Echo. The Testimony was awarded Wales Fiction Book of the Year, 2013. He lives in London. He can be found on Twitter @jpsmythe

”'Savage, intimate, inexorable” - Nick Harkaway

”'The Machine is the work of a young writer with a preternaturally powerful and distinctive voice” - Guardian

”'Phenomenal … simply unmissable” -

”'Extraordinary” - Dazed & Confused

‘Reminiscent of Ian McEwan at his most macabre’Will Wiles, author of Care of Wooden Floors -