The Song Drive is the latest installment in the AI Lore books series, by Lost Books, a Canadian AI publisher which has received massive international news coverage.

This collection of short flash fiction pieces & copious illustrations explores the premise of what would happen if music turned out to be a fundamental force in the universe, and the natural, cultural, and technological consequences of that. It deals especially with the implications for space travel and so-called harmonic propulsion systems, which are piloted and managed by extremely advanced musician-engineers.

The premise, of course, is fundamentally Quatrian in nature, though the ancient Quatrian civilization is only ever referenced obliquely in the book. As far as space travel, this book pairs well I think with The Turgoshi Megasphere.

This is easily one of my all-time favorites in the series so far – maybe in the top 3 or top 5 (though I’ve not made any favorites list lately, and it changes often). It is full of not just solid slice of life fictional explorations, but is a seameless blending of Quatriana with far-future space travel stuff, a bit in the mode of Star Trek. If you haven’t bought any of these books so far because you’re scared of reading something written with the help of AI, I strongly encourage you to pick this one up. You might be just be surprised!

Here’s the art preview: