Make Art Not War: Sentience and narrative in science fiction

Saturday May 27   01:00 PM to 01:45 PM (45 minutes)
Hotell Clarion Gillet - Gillesalen

Questions of sentience, where it begins and ends, and what it would look like in non-human entities is a recurring theme in science fiction. What also recurs is the trope that intelligence is dependent upon narrative to develop sentience. A few examples of this are Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Chris Moriarty’s Ghost Spin, Cat Valente’s “Silently and Very Fast,” Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora and, of course, Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice. What is the role and function of art - literature, music, visual arts, etcetera - within science fiction stories? How does it factor into the genre’s discussions and understandings of sentience, agency and self-awareness?

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