Edison in the Hood
by Nadia Uddin
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Pub Date 11 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 15 Mar 2023
Nadia Uddin, Apperception Press
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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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
"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
Average rating from 4 members
this was a unique take on the scif genre, I was interested based on the cover and the description. Nadia Uddin has a great writing style that I enjoyed going through. The characters were what I was hoping for and really enjoyed getting to know them. I really enjoyed reading this and can't wait to read more from the author.
"And then he heard a beep and static noise that was reminiscent of a fax machine, a sound he hadn’t heard in over twenty years. The computer turned back on, and he, after locking the front door, returned to the desk and eased into the chair, using the armrests to steady himself."
This has been an excellent read that I did not expect to lose myself in the way that I did. There are clear and compelling lines of thought that have gone into crafting the story, and it asks interesting questions of its readers. I hope to see more from this author in the future!
I had a hard time with this writing style. I thought the plot was interesting. I struggled with the back and forth between past and present with the writing style. Overall interesting story. Thank you NetGalley for a chance to read early.
This book definitely felt like an episode from the show Black Mirror! I honestly don’t know if you can limit this to any one genre, but it was very engaging and thought provoking. I think this would make a great book club selection as there is discuss such as AI technology, family, and social issues.
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