December 10, 2007

Can The Computer Really Write A Novel?

A new novel set to be released by the Russian Publishing House Astrel SPb in January 2008 has been claimed to be written by a computer. Wow! The basic storyline of the 'first computer novel' conditionally titled "True Love" is a love story based on Anna Karenina's main characters.

The action takes place on an unknown island in the times similar to our days. The book is written in Haruki Murakami’s manner, while the style is based on the vocabulary, language and techniques tools of 13 Russian and foreign authors of XIX – XX centuries.

While editors of literary magazines and IT specialists doubt computers to be able to write novels, the chief editor of the Publishing House Astrel SPb Alexander Prokopovich tells CNews that a group of developers and philologists created the program PC Writer 2008, the software that enabled the computer to write the novel. The philologists he claimed compiled dossiers on each novel character, which described the characters' appearance, vocabulary, psychological portrait and other characteristics.

The first version of the novel did not seem interesting to the publishing house, so the initial data was revised and the program generated the second version in three days. After that the manuscript like any other novel to be published went through the editorial corrections.

As we see new technologies being developed everyday, it might make sense to believe that a computer can write books, but until this is proved, writers may have to stick to their style of writing.


Michael J. Farrand said...

Excellent post. Thought you might be interested in this list of classic Russian novels.

Loy Okezie said...

Yeah thanks, Micheal! Russian novels have actually been recognised worldwide and Nobel Laureates such as Boris Pasternak, Mikhail Sholokhov, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn are an inspiration to literary development in Russia.

John said...

Wow! It sounds great but it may not be that much great for freelance writers!
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Loy Okezie said...

@John - well, i think that it wouldn't do anyone any good, as we would have to rely on the computer so much to handle our writing projects and stuff. Plus, I see a generation that would eventually not be using their brain which is far better than a computer - even an iMac:)