I’m really enjoying this read along all! This week is hosted by Gallywampus and we read basically up to 50% of the book. Things are getting intense :D. Spoilers below up to 50% obviously.
1. There has been significant conversation about AI, what it means to be alive, whether or not AI should have rights, whether or not a person can fall in love with a specific instance of AI, etc. This is a bit of a sticky situation. After the discussion between Pepper and Jenks, how do you feel about Lovey’s and Jenks’ relationship? Should they move forward with their plan?
I love these sorts of discussions in sci-fi. I think that Lovey is clearly sentient and therefore should be able to make decisions about herself. If she wants a body, that should be an option for her. Given the sticky legal issues though, I worry that this isn’t what she really wants at this time and maybe she should wait until they have a more solid plan for what to do after she gets a body…. It’s a really interesting question though what should replace Lovey’s work on the ship. Too bad there isn’t a way for her to continue doing her job and then be able to be in a body in her off time….
2. In the chapter “Intro to Harmagian Colonial History,” we see Dr. Chef’s perspective of having been a mother, though he is currently male, and Sissix’s perspective that children aren’t people yet. Ohan is referred to as they/them. The Akarak are referred to as xyr/xe. These perspectives and preferences are perspectives actually held by different groups of humans in our own world. Do you think assigning these perspectives to aliens rather than humans make them easier or harder to sympathize with?
This is another thing I like about sci-fi! I think it makes it easier for us to think about if we have to re-learn about these ideas from an aliens’ perspective. We’re already inclined to like these aliens and want to understand them, so perhaps we are strangely more accepting of ideas in this context. Once you realize that the idea makes sense though, or isn’t all that scary, it then becomes easier to transfer it to our thinking about other humans.
3. How might the ship robbery have been different if the Wayfarer were armed?
I honestly think things would have gone really badly. Escalation is a big problem in these sort of situations, obviously, and things probably would have escalated given Jenks’ reaction to weapons being around at all!
4. As I finished the fourth chapter in my section, “Cricket,” I thought it might be a good place to stop and talk about some of our favorite humorous moments so far. What scenes really tickled your funny bone? Who makes you laugh the most?
I have to choose?? I think I like Dr. Chef the best currently since his humor is subtle but dry. Other crew members are obviously goofy and fun, but I think that I’d get along really well with Dr. Chef. Honestly the scenes that stick out to me aren’t the funny ones, but the heart-felt ones like Sissix’s interaction with the elder in the marketplace. Not funny, but heart-warming for sure.
How are you liking the story so far??
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