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Consciousness and science fiction

Author: Damien Broderick
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018]
Series: Science and fiction (Springer (Firm))
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Science fiction explores the wonderful, baffling and wildly entertaining aspects of a universe unimaginably old and vast, and with a future even more immense. It reaches into that endless cosmos with the tools of rational investigation and storytelling. At the core of both science and science fiction is the engaged human mind--a consciousness that sees and feels and thinks and loves. But what is this mind, this  Read more...
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Broderick, Damien.
Consciousness and science fiction.
Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018]
(OCoLC)1048939535
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Damien Broderick
ISBN: 9783030005993 3030005992 3030005984 9783030005986
OCLC Number: 1077292142
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 196 pages)
Contents: Intro; Introduction; Contents; 1: The machine in the ghost; 2: The language of the mind; 3: What is it like to be a conscious SF writer?; 4: The first century-plus; What is it like to be a patchwork monster?; 1818/1831 Mary W. Shelley, Frankenstein, or, the modern Prometheus; What is it like to be a double?; 1886 Robert Louis Stevenson, strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; What is it like to be a beast-man?; 1896 H.G. Wells, the island of Dr. Moreau; What is it like to be a Martian brain-transplant?; 1927 Edgar Rice Burroughs, master mind of mars; What is it like to be a mutant? 1935/1939 Stanley G. Weinbaum, the new Adam; What is it like to be a bot?; 1939-1986 Isaac Asimov, the positronic robots sequence; What is it like to be an encrypted supermind?; 1939-1950 A.E. van Vogt, Space Beagle stories; 1942-77 ''Asylum'' and extended as supermind; 1948-56 the world of Null-A, the pawns of Null-A; What is it like to be an enhanced dog?; 1944 Olaf Stapledon. Sirius: a fantasy of love and discord; What is it like to be a chess piece?; 1946 Lewis Padgett, the Fairy Chessmen aka Chessboard Planet; What is it like to be immature?; 1948 Theodore Sturgeon "Maturity." What is it like to be an alien's dream?; 1950 Theodore Sturgeon, the dreaming jewels; What is it like to be a consciousness seed?; 1950 Katherine MacLean, "Incommunicado"; 5: The second Golden Age; What is it like to be your own twin?; 1951 Wyman Guin, "beyond bedlam" (galaxy); What is it like to have an IQ of 500?; 1954 Poul Anderson, brain wave; What is it like to be in love with a crab?; 1960, 1969. James White, "countercharm."; 6: Entering the mainstream; What is it like to be a ship?; 1961-69 Anne McCaffrey, the ship who sang; What is it like to be a fish? 1962 Brian W. Aldiss, "shards" 1962 "a kind of artistry"; What is it like to be a laminated mouse brain?; 1963. Cordwainer Smith, "think blue, count two"; What is it like to be a Hieros gamos?; 1968 Josephine Saxton, "the consciousness machine"; What is it like to be the absolute in a can?; 1969 Philip K. Dick, ubik; 7: Radically different minds; what is it like to wake up in someone else's body?; 1975 Lee Harding, a world of shadows; What is it like to be a Leo?; 1976 John Crowley, beasts; What is it like to be a wolf in wolf's clothing?; 1978 Whitley Strieber, the Wolfen 8: L'être et le néant; what is it like to be an immortal?; 1983 Pamela Sargent, the golden space; What is it like to be a time traveler?; 1982-97 Spider Robinson, the lifehouse trilogy, compilation of Mindkiller, time pressure, lifehouse; What is it like to be an AI mind?; 1984 John Varley, "press enter "; 9: Minds on fire; What is it like to be too sexy for your shirt?; 1991 George Turner, brain child; what is it like to be brain-modded?; 1992 Greg Egan, quarantine; What is it like to be without sleep, always?; 1993 Nancy Kress, beggars in Spain; What is it like to have a God module? 2000 Jamil Nasir, distance haze; What is it like to be brain-colonized?; 2000 Joan Slonczewski, brain plague; 10. Transcending; What is it like to be debugged; 2002 Paul Levinson, the consciousness plague; What is it like to be and interstellar freighter?; 2003 Justina Robson, natural history; What is it like to be a scanned brain?; 2005 Robert J. Sawyer, mindscan; What is it like to be blindsighted?; 2006 Peter Watts, blindsight and echopraxia; What is it like to love a bot?; 2009 Rachel Swirsky, "Eros, Philia Agape"; 11. Waking up different; What is it like to be a threep? 2014 John Scalzi, lock in; 2008 head on; What is it like to be bifurcated?; 2014 Jo Walton, my real children; What is it like to be a soulbot?; 2015 Brenda Cooper, edge of dark; 2016, spear of light (compromising the glittering edge of diptych); What is it like to be a zombie; 2016 Robert J. Sawyer, quantum night; What is it like to be awake?; 2017 Stephen A Schwartz, awakening: a novel of aliens and consciousness; What is it like to be on a different track?; 2017 Barbara Gowdy, little sister; What is it like to be a fungus?; 2017 David Walton, the genius plague; Conclusion; References and suggestions; Science; Fiction; Index
Series Title: Science and fiction (Springer (Firm))
Responsibility: Damien Broderick.

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Science fiction explores the wonderful, baffling and wildly entertaining aspects of a universe unimaginably old and vast, and with a future even more immense. It reaches into that endless cosmos with the tools of rational investigation and storytelling. At the core of both science and science fiction is the engaged human mind--a consciousness that sees and feels and thinks and loves. But what is this mind, this aware and self-aware consciousness that seems unlike anything else we experience? What makes consciousness the Hard Problem of philosophy, still unsolved after millennia of probing? This book looks into the heart of this mystery - at the science and philosophy of consciousness and at many inspiring fictional examples - and finds strange, challenging answers. The book's content and entertaining style will appeal equally to science fiction enthusiasts and scholars, including cognitive and neuroscientists, as well as philosophers of mind. It is a refreshing romp through the science and science fiction of consciousness.

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