[ExI] SF - cyberspace and utopian narratives for meatless bodies
rtomek at ceti.pl
Tue Feb 14 01:12:02 UTC 2012
On Mon, 13 Feb 2012, Natasha Vita-More wrote:
> Hi everyone, I received plenty of responses from extrobritannia on this, so
> no need to respond!
> <http://www.natasha.cc/> Natasha Vita-More
> PhD Researcher, Univ. of Plymouth, UK
> Chairman, Humanity+
> Co-Editor, The Transhumanist Reader
No, please, don't give up on us :-).
Just because I have already searched my memories, and at worst it will
be archived even if not quite useful for your goals, here goes:
- Philip K. Dick "A Maze of Death" - colonist ship is stranded somewhere,
crew cannot call home and to pass the time they engage in VR-based
- Frederik Pohl "Heechee Rendezvous" - I am not sure about rest of
Heechee/Gateway novels, and this one is the first I can recall that
describes a concept that a billionaire can escape death as an upload to
alien computer. Heechees do this kind of stuff routinely, as they don't
need/want to write complicated software - instead, they use dead
Heechees' uploads to do complicated things (if I remember it well
enough) in a way that made me thinking about cyberslaves, or dead folk
turned into cyberspace zombies.
- Stanislaw Lem "Bajka o trzech maszynach opowiadajacych krola Genialona"
("Tale of the Three Storytelling Machines of King Genius") - yeah,
indeed, would it be possible that I did not mention Lem? Anyway, this
story is not quite about cyberspace as other authors do. I will write
part of the story only. In short, Trurl, a great constructor and
inventor, travelled between the stars and came upon a barking comet.
Trying to make it go away, he thrown lots of things from the ship, and
he also thrown a pot. A pot landed on one moon with cosmic trash on it,
left from two civilisations that ended their existence in war against
each other. Landing on a heap of trash, pot caused a number of
coincidences which resulted in creation of electric robot, Maimas (Pl.
"Majmasz"). He stood up, looked around, seen himself in a nearby pool
and walked away singing hymn about Harmony. Accidentally, he misstepped,
failed and turned off. After about 300 000 years, some merchant passed
by, quarreling with his helper. A merchant threw his shoes at helper,
missed, shoes went throu spaceship's window and one of them landed on
Maimas, pushing his rusting body into water pool. Thanks to chemistry,
this contributed to making of electrolyte and since Maimas' head sat in
it, some current passed through his brain. Unfortunately, he only
managed to think "I exist" and again went off.
After some 1500 years, a bird flew over Maimas and made a poo. A poo
landed on his forehead. Again, Maimas started to think. His sensors
rusted and failed, so he only had his thoughts, and he went on creating
whole universe based on some logical assumptions about his own being.
Kind of I think therefore I am. If I am, but empty, therefore I need to
be filled up. So he invented all kinds of figures living in this
universe, wild peoples and romantic lovers. He understood that his
universe depends on him so he made his best to remember about
everything etc. Unfortunately, his physical body slowly sunk into mud
and finally, the abovementioned pot, directed by flow of wind, hit his
head, it broke and water entered the brain, putting an end to his
thinking and universe created by it. And, as a story says, nobody ever
knew about it all, not even those who started all events by accident.
- a bunch of usual suspects - Gibson, Stross - already mentioned by others
It is possible I will recall more about Lem, but let's leave it like it is
now. My gelly works in circular and upredictable ways.
** A C programmer asked whether computer had Buddha's nature. **
** As the answer, master did "rm -rif" on the programmer's home **
** directory. And then the C programmer became enlightened... **
** Tomasz Rola mailto:tomasz_rola at bigfoot.com **
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