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Fiction and Excerpts [1]

Fiction and Excerpts [1]

Five Books That Give Voice To Artificial Intelligence

For the past fourteen months, our lives and attention spans have been full of knitted robots, intelligent spaceships, living computer programs and living creatures built out of sugar. Although our focus in our new anthology, Mother of Invention, was on the creators of artificial intelligences and robots, several of our authors rose to the challenge of writing in the point of view of the AI. It’s a special challenge for writers, but so rewarding when done well.

Both of us love this theme as readers too, so here we’re sharing some of our favourites.

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Read the Introduction to Mother of Invention, an SF Anthology Focused on Artificial Intelligence and Robots

From Pygmalion and Galatea to Frankenstein, Ex Machina and Person of Interest, the fictional landscape so often frames cisgender men as the creators of artificial life, leading to the same kinds of stories being told over and over. We want to bring some genuine revolution to the way that artificial intelligence stories are told, and how they intersect with gender identity, parenthood, sexuality, war, and the future of our species. How can we interrogate the gendered assumptions around the making of robots compared with the making of babies? Can computers learn to speak in a code beyond the (gender) binary?

If necessity is the mother of invention, what exciting AI might come to exist in the hands of a more diverse range of innovators?

Speculative fiction anthology Mother of Invention, edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Rivqa Rafael, is a showcase of diverse, challenging stories about women as creators of Artificial Intelligence and robots, forthcoming in September 2018 from award winning Australian publisher Twelfth Planet Press. Pre-order now from Amazon or from crowd funding site BackerKit. We’re excited to share Roberts and Rafael’s introduction to the anthology below!

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