The Crying Machine is a thriller set in a near-future Jerusalem that has become a Casablanca-style refuge from a global conflict.
When Clementine arrives in the faded city, she appears to be just another refugee fleeing to the Middle East from the ruins of war-torn Europe. Poverty forces her to become involved in a high-tech heist to steal an artefact, the Antikythera Mechanism, from the city’s great museum. Her partner in the endeavour, a small time thief called Levi, quickly discovers her secret: Clementine is an artificial creation, a six year-old synthetic intelligence which struggles to understand the world it has escaped into. Soon the two of them are embroiled in a factional struggle between a machine-worshipping religious cult, a ruthless gangster, and one of the city’s most prominent politicians.
The Crying Machine is a political thriller and heist novel set in a stunningly well-realised future world. It’s high-concept, cross-over sci-fi in the vein of The Water Knife by Paulo Bacigalupi, Lexicon by Max Barry, and The City and the City by China Mieville.
Greg Chivers is a factual television producer. For most of the last twenty years he’s been making documentaries about science and history for US cable TV networks. His show ‘What on Earth?’ is now firmly established as the most successful series of all time on the Science Channel, while ‘NASA’s Unexplained Files’ made global news headlines and became a viral phenomenon, with the first youtube clip getting a million hits within two hours. He is a graduate of the Curtis Brown creative writing course and the Faber Academy.