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Title: Edison in the Hood
Author: Nadia Uddin
Genre: Literary Sci-Fi
About Edison in the Hood:
When Aisha Malik’s mother died, she took a secret with her—one that destroyed her relationship with Aisha’s brother, Sam. But what if Aisha could revive her mother’s brain just long enough to reenact their last conversation and discover the truth?
Aisha is an ambitious PR executive with a forte for making complex and controversial topics accessible to the masses. Her brother, Sam, is a despondent genius who loves to fight everyone and everything in the name of justice, hopping from one political fight to another and hiding a mental illness that causes him shame. When the opportunity arises for Aisha to work with brilliant scientist and leading futurist Jay Edison at his Brain Reinvigoration Project, she begins obsessing over artificial intelligence and its potential to revive her mother’s brain. She begs Sam to participate, unaware that he has begun working with groups that have very different visions for the future of artificial intelligence. The siblings set out to define the role that technology should play in society, asking themselves, “Artificial intelligence may solve the world’s biggest problems, but can it fix our most challenging relationships?”
Edison in the Hood is a stunning and provocative debut that explores what it truly means to be human and possess free will in a culture gripped by automation. As Aisha and Sam grieve their mother’s passing, they delve into the complex morals of scientific advancement, revealing how technology plays a part in relationships—with both the living and the dead.
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Today, staring at the shredded family photos and empty glass of bourbon, thinking of the evening at Endeavor, Sam realized the anger and frustration from that day never went away; the memory still stirred the pain of an old hurt. That energy needed to be released.
He sat next to the table light and withdrew the paper Chronicles for the Neo-Luddite. He recited the credo of searching for new, local, liberty-advancing technologies and the need for consequences for those who established the status quo. I’m starting to believe this stuff, he thought. Punishment is too harsh, though. Perhaps it’s just a matter of educating.
Aisha would hate him more for supporting the Neo-Luddites than for how he had treated Maura. But maybe being part of the group would get her to back off—the same way any political dissonance caused someone to throw their hands in the air and just agree to disagree.
He did not sleep that night. He felt like a cone balanced upon a point, waiting for some impetus to determine where it shall fall.
It wasn’t until dawn that he fell into a deep slumber. As he breathed, the papers he had laid on his chest swept to the floor like a glider plane.
Uddin delivers some twists that may shock readers while leaving the concept of identity appropriately vague. – Booklife
A promising speculative debut that doesn’t feel as if it rolled off the usual robotics assembly line. – Kirkus
This is not a hard science-fiction book, nor is it strictly a literary novel about relationships. It is both; somehow Uddin has combined the two in a way that works and is accessible to fans of both genres. – The Daily Voice
“I was swept up by Uddin’s nuanced and witty depiction of artificial intelligence alongside human emotion. Propulsive, thought-provoking, and tender, Edison in the Hood is a beautiful debut.” –– Lily Brooks-Dalton, author of Good Morning, Midnight
“Uddin takes us on a wild ride through the worlds of the mind, memory preservation, and love between siblings. Brilliant and unique, this genre-bending book is both profound and exciting.” —Taylor Larsen, author of Stranger, Father, Beloved
“A deft and brilliantly original debut in which deep emotional intelligence and bold imagination combine to thrilling effect.” —Hermione Hoby, author of Virtue
“Nadia Uddin’s Edison in the Hood is the work of a writer with both a big mind and a big heart. Uddin’s exploration of science, technology, and the moral questions that arise from advancements touted as life-enhancing is fascinating and engaging. She explores family dynamics, mental illness, and the complexities of a society that values innovation at any cost with great sensitivity and intelligence. This is an exciting and memorable debut.” —Christine Sneed, bestselling author of Little Known Facts and Please Be Advised: A Novel in Memos
A fascinating, fun, and profound exploration of the near future, Nadia Uddin’s Edison in the Hood delves into the big questions: AI, nanotechnology and what constitutes love. –Elizabeth Gaffney, author of Metropolis
About the Author:
Winner of Slice’s 2019 Bridging the Gap Award, Nadia is a graduate of Yale Writers’ Workshop and has studied alongside esteemed writers through The Center of Fiction, Catapult and A Public Space. Her debut novel, Edison in the Hood, is scheduled for release Fall 2022.
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