Thursday, April 10, 2008

Today's SETI post takes the form of a list of ten "first contact" novels.

3 comments:

Chris Wren said...

The fact that I've read almost every book on this list gives me a warm feeling inside. I think my personal fave would be Sawyer's Calculating God, and not just because it's the only one set in Canada. Sawyer's also a perennial attendee at Worldcon conventions, and always makes for a sharp, funny panelist.

W.M. Bear said...

Is self-awareness something we even need? Could aliens be intelligent yet wholly devoid of a sense of self?

No, because part of intelligence means being aware of abstractions, an ability that reuqires self-awareness since it entails the mind, in essence, looking at itself. Sentience itself requires self-awareness because sentience IS, in a sense, self-awareness, of which there is a virtual infinity of levels....

Mac said...

WMB--

Two words: "Chinese room."