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Almost 50 replies to the AI poll -- thanks to all -- I assume a few more will come in --  I answered some but not all, but all are very welcome.  The request arises from the possibility offered at Yale to co-teach a course in both reading and writing SF.  After consultation the co-teacher and I agreed we ought to limit the subject to something manageable and chose AI.  We both had read many of the same books and each of us some the other had not (he more well-read than me, no surprise), and we wanted to survey the field to find some good things beyond the usual suspects (though Androids/Sheep and Neuromancer were on both our preliminary lists.) I of course knew where to go.  Your contributions vastly elnlarge the pool, and I have some reading to do.


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Nov. 25th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
Elnlarge = make so wide there's a little guy drowning in it. Or possibly merely waving.
Nov. 25th, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
Late thought, long book, not the short snapper you may want for such a class, but brilliant and worth the time: Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl. The story pulls AI into the GM era. The creche-grown windup girl is subtly and movingly portrayed against a mega-corporation battle for original seeds. It goes far beyond Bladerunner and it hurt.

If someone among the fifty mentioned it, my apologies for the repeat.
Jonathan Badger
Nov. 26th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
Rather reminiscent of Bacigalupi is Ian McDonald's "River of Gods", set in a future India with AI technology. Like Bacigalupi's work (which is often set in future Thailand), McDonald presents an AI future outside the standard America/Europe/Japan settings common to cyberpunk.
Nov. 27th, 2013 08:03 am (UTC)
River of Gods is fantastic.
Nov. 26th, 2013 04:15 am (UTC)
one more?

Plus by Joseph McElroy (Knopf, 1976) : SF (uploaded, enhanced brain in planetary orbit) from the other side of the genre divide as sometimes happened in the new wave 70s

Nov. 27th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
Hi John-- Write another book please! I discovered Little Big, years ago, having read The Deep, etc., and feeling like I was somewhere I knew. Ready to find more paths into elsewhere--
Nov. 29th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
Accelerando by Charles Stross, both for the uploaded Vile Offspring and for Aineko, the strong AI pet/weakly godlike entity.

The Stone Canal by Ken MacLeod, featuring another uploaded civilization, plus several different AI variant entities.
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