★ Longlisted – Best Shorter Fiction – British Science Fiction Association
If you have the opportunity to give up humanity for efficiency, mechanical invincibility, and to surpass human limitations. . . would you?
Ai is a cyborg, under the guise of an AI writing program, who struggles to keep up with the never-blinking city of Emit as it threatens to leave all those like her behind.
“Moving, brilliant, and certified 100% human. Moments from now, this book will break, steal, and win your heart.”
–Samit Basu, author of Turbulence
“Ai Jiang is one of the most exciting new voices in the field, and I AM AI shows exactly why. This is an unsettling vision of the future of creativity. If it doesn’t bother you, then you need to check where your imagination went.”
–John Wiswell, author of the Nebula-winning “Open House on Haunted Hill”
“. . . a timely critique of the relationship between the human emotions underpinning the desire to create, and the increasing automation of the creative arts. Sharp, pointed, and prescient.”
–Isabel J. Kim, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author
“I AM AI is a brilliant tale of humanity in a heartless corporate dystopia, where friendship and found family offer some respite from ruthless capitalism and divisive commercialism. . . that embraces such diverse characters of colour and queerness. . . . an emotional journey simultaneously universal, and grounded in the Asian experience, down to the all-healing, magical power of soup.”
—Xueting C. Ni, author of Sinopticon: A Celebration of Chinese Science Fiction
Ai Jiang is a Chinese-Canadian writer, Ignyte Award winner, Nebula and Locus Award finalist, and an immigrant from Fujian currently residing in Toronto, Ontario. She is a member of HWA and SFWA. Her work can be found in F&SF, The Dark, Uncanny, among others. She is the recipient of Odyssey Workshop’s 2022 Fresh Voices Scholarship and the author of Linghun and I AM AI.