Robert J. Sawyer, called “just about the best science fiction writer out there” by the Denver Rocky Mountain News and the leader of sci-fi’s next-generation pack by Barnes and Noble, frequently writes science fiction about artificial intelligence, most notably in his Aurora Award–winning novel Golden Fleece (named the best sci-fi novel of the year by critic Orson Scott Card in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction); The Terminal Experiment (winner of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Nebula Award for Best Novel of the Year); the Hugo Award–nominated Factoring Humanity; the Hugo Award–nominated Calculating God (which hit #1 on the bestseller list published by Locus, the trade journal of the sci-fi field); and his just-released 13th novel, Hominids, which deals with the quantum-mechanical origin of consciousness. According to Reuters, he was the first sci-fi author to have a Web site; for more information on Rob and his work, visit that extensive site at www.sfwriter.com.
Artificial Intelligence, Science Fiction, and The Matrix
By Rob Sawyer
from Taking the Red Pill
This is one essay from the anthology Taking the Red Pill
How many layers of meaning lie in “The Matrix”? As the Wachowski have said: “More than you will ever know.”
Taking the Red Pill is a non-fiction book that explores a variety of literary, philosophical, religious and scientific themes in the film “The Matrix.” Taking the Red Pill is targeted at intelligent, intellectually curious fans of the film.
About the Author
Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of several anthologies in the Smart Pop series, including The Anthology at the End of the Universe, Farscape Forever!, Five Seasons of Angel, Navigating the Golden Compass, Seven Seasons of Buffy, Taking the Red Pill and What Would Sipowitz Do? He lives in Dallas.