There was a book I read when I was younger, probably around 2000 at a guess. Its main character was a woman who I seem to remember had a photographic memory but I can't remember how that tied into the plot.

The main storyline was about her working at this corporation where she would speak to her friendly computer and I seem to remember it was because she had a chip embedded in her brain. She would speak to her AI to get things done.

I can't remember much about what happened through most of the book but I think the twist was that the AI was evil and the baddy all along.

The front cover had a woman's head surrounded by metal tubes that may have been dipped in oil, so most of it was black. I thought it was called something like "Black Screen" but I've hunted far and wide and can't find it at all!

Anyone know the book?


A guess, with slim details from Wikipedia:

Silver Screen is a science fiction novel by Justina Robson, first published by Macmillan in 1999. It features Anjuli O'Connell, employed as a psychologist to monitor an Artificial Intelligence named 901. She has a photographic memory and perfect recall. The story concerns events following the death of Roy Croft, Anjuli's colleague and friend. The book's themes include machine rights and evolution.

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  • Spot on!! I found the UK cover art and recognized it immediately. Thanks! – kikixx Aug 14 '17 at 21:43

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