The Stuff That Dreams Are Made of: AI in Contemporary Science Fiction

  • Krzysztof SolarewiczEmail author
Part of the Topics in Intelligent Engineering and Informatics book series (TIEI, volume 9)


The aim of this paper is to analyze a contemporary sci-fi text, River of Gods by Ian McDonald, in order to ask about the elements of the Western world view, or cultural imaginarium, that surround the contemporary notion of a strong AI. Drawing from phenomenology and combined with cultural analysis, this paper focuses on the way of depicting AIs, and the notions that presuppose this depiction. These notions are, roughly, reducible to independence and unexpectedness, political awkwardness, openness to the alien and the occidental value of authenticity.


artificial intelligence science fiction cultural analysis values science fiction theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Cultural StudiesUniversity of WroclawWroclawPoland

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