My new serial, “Ōpunpuran No Toshi No Sora: Open-Plan City Sky” starts today! Writing the last one was so much fun, I just had to do another.
So I’m trying my hand at a serial now. “Dun da de Sewolawen: The Heart of Silence” could be described as YA utopian SFF in the broadest sense, but as usual, genre categories aren’t really helpful. You don’t have to speak Kobaïan to read this story, but it helps.
“The three contemporary science fiction novels discussed here mirror the development of our stance towards artificial intelligence. In Gareth L. Powell’s The Recollection, which employs a polarised world-view reminiscent of Cold War politics, the AI is demonized to such an extent that speaking about it and speaking about the devil become indistinguishable. In Stone Adam Roberts depicts uprising nanobots as terrorists from a human perspective but as freedom fighters from that of the awakened AI. Finally, M. John Harrison’s take on the topic in his Empty Space trilogy is the most complex one, reminding us that we too are living, self-replicating, self-conscious code. Based on that, self-aware technology is simply another culture to interact with.”
I have a new article up in Infinite Earths: “Living Algorithms: The Move towards Anti-Anthropocentrism in Gareth L. Powell’s The Recollection, Adam Roberts’ Stone, and M. John Harrison’s Empty Space Trilogy”. The illustration above is “BioMech Eye” by Bruno (kirkh on deviantart).