Adam Roberts intrigued me with By light alone and Yellow Blue Tibia, and I’ve wanted to read pretty much every book of his I’ve come across. And I will, someday! But, very likely, the coming novel Bête will be on the top of my reading list. Because:
A man is about to kill a cow. He discusses life and death and his right to kill with the compliant animal. He begins to suspect he may be about to commit murder. But kills anyway…
It began when the animal rights movement injected domestic animals with artificial intelligences in bid to have the status of animals realigned by the international court of human rights. But what is an animal that can talk? Where does its intelligence end at its machine intelligence begin? And where might its soul reside?
As we place more and more pressure on the natural world and become more and more divorced, Adam Roberts’ new novel posits a world where nature can talk back, and can question us and our beliefs.
Animal intelligence! Soul philosophy! Food chain ethics! I can’t wait, seriously. And yet I have to wait another… 24 hours, as this becomes available to my kindle on Sep 25th. Ha!