[ExI] scifi search

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Tue Aug 19 23:19:07 UTC 2014

William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com> , 19/8/2014 4:58 PM:

I'd like to know if there are other such search engines you know of.  Also, is there a reverse engine?  That is, you put in the book's title and you get the characteristics of the book, like war or war, magic or no magic, etc.
A bit like the keywords at IMDB?
The Internet Speculative Fiction Database, http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/index.cgi has a search function where you can search by tag. Enter something like 'cyborg' and you get a list of novels with cyborgs. I don't think it can do negation (so no searches for "no cyborgs"), but it is pretty powerful. 

Spike, the trick is to get your other friends to order books for your friends, in exchange for you ordering  books for them. So I can order the erotic stuff for your friends so you don't have to be embarrassed, and you can order the lefty political stuff for my friends so I don't have to get adverts for Piketty.

Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University
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