272 pp., 5 x 8 in,
- Published: May 30, 2023
- Publisher: Goldsmiths Press
A literary odyssey along the highways at a time when a new form of superintelligence has emerged.
Autodrive is a work of literary fiction that melds techno-scientific inquiry and storytelling, critical theory and comedy, speculative fiction and satire. It is a road novel of sorts, an odyssey along the highways at a time when a new form of superintelligence has emerged. This new form of artificial intelligence is not entirely distinct from the characters in the narrative—it is ingrained in the machines they already use, the vehicles they already take, the systems they are already part of, but cannot fully see. The human character who is typically at the center of the fictional world gives way to an eccentric cast of performers—an ensemble of people and machines.
"Crandall's novel sits at the intersection of speculative fiction, technological and critical theory, and narrative/aesthetic exploration… The polyphonic capacities of novels since Woolf and Joyce and others to slip-slide and sluice between narrative perspectives and rhetorical voice suits the intricacies of the multi-causal, classically overdetermined, state of many ineluctably intertwined forces operative in the novel's various foci: human, nonhuman, technological, computational and embodied. Also it is a cracking read!"
Ryan Bishop, Professor of Global Arts and Politics, University of Southampton