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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for May

May 11th, 2022 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

What’s not to love about robots and AI? We can explore the human experience and dive into complex themes of religion, morality, connection, communication, and the need for understanding. The AIs in sci-fi are human-created machines that are programmed to closely resemble human intelligence, but are often much smarter, and have all the advantages and disadvantages that the memory and computing power of machines come with. You’ll see these entities portrayed as vast networks of machines, with one hive-like ‘brain’ (We are Legion); individual robots with human-like features (Machines Like Me), or pilots of ships and other machines (Skyward).

We can read a lot about ourselves in how we portray an AI character and the humans they interact with. Sometimes these narratives explore an exaggeration of some human failing that we have invariably programmed into our servants (I, Robot), or maybe our creations have gained true sentience and have rebelled against their cruel masters (Murderbot Diaries).

It’s not all war and violence, though: Artificial Intelligence allows for many different explorations of humanity, like love (Klara and the Sun), motherhood (The Mother Code), and neuro divergence (All Systems Red).

Who is your favorite Artificial Intelligence character?


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