Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Philosophy in Science Fiction

Kenny Pearce is developing a bibliography of works of science fiction that are particularly noteworthy for expressing a philosophical worldview or premise. He presents several categories, such as Mind, Solipsism, and Sex and Gender. Some of the stories that he lists are available online, like Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question" -- a confrontation with entropy.

Kenny asks readers for suggestions. What would you add to the list?


Jeff the Baptist said...

John C. Wright's Chaos books are very interesting. Don't know if they're exactly what he's looking for, but I love how the five kids represent (and derive their powers/weaknesses) from separate philosophical archetypes. I'd put them in just to include Amelia's descriptions of seeing through multidimensional space-time though.

Divers and Sundry said...

It's been so many years since I read short stories... They just aren't as easy to come by for me as novels are, and I prefer long fiction anyway.

I participated in many interesting science fiction-inspired discussions in high school on what we later came to realize were philosophy topics. Now I don't know anybody else who reads science fiction.

Rachel Bates said...

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