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Deconstructing the StarshipsScience, Fiction and Reality$
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Gwyneth Jones

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237839

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.001.0001

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Fools: The Neuroscience of Cyberspace

Fools: The Neuroscience of Cyberspace

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Deconstructing the Starships

Gwyneth Jones


This essay is the first in the book’s Science, Fiction and Reality section. It was originally a paper read at a conference held at the University of Teesside in April 1995 and was later published in The Governance of Cyberspace. The essay talks about the evolution of science fiction and how it’s easy to spot when it has been overtaken by the development of technology; specifically in computers, artificial intelligence, robotics, and cybernetics. In her discussion of technology and cyberspace, Jones alludes to the possibility of consciousness, self-awareness and freedom of information, and makes reference to the science fiction novels of William Gibson and Pat Cadigan.

Keywords:   English Literature, Literary Criticism, Science Fiction, Fantasy Writing, 20th Century Literature, Contemporary Literature, Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence, William Gibson, Pat Cadigan

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