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Transparent Minds in Science Fiction: An Introduction to Alien, AI and Post-Human Consciousness - cover image


Paul Matthews

Published On





  • English

Print Length

144 pages (x+134)


Paperback156 x 8 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.31" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 10 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.39" x 9.21")


Paperback216g (7.62oz)
Hardback386g (13.62oz)

OCLC Number





  • FL
  • DSK
  • JMR


  • DSK
  • FL
  • FLC
  • GTR
  • JM
  • JMR


  • FIC028000
  • LIT004260
  • PSY051000
  • PSY008000


  • PN3433.6


  • artificial intelligence
  • human minds
  • literary theory
  • neuroscience
  • philosophy
  • posthuman
  • science fiction

Transparent Minds in Science Fiction

An Introduction to Alien, AI and Post-Human Consciousness

  • Paul Matthews (author)
Transparent Minds explores the intersection between neuroscience and science fiction stories. Paul Matthews expertly analyses the narratives of humans and nonhumans from Mary Shelley to Kazuo Ishiguro across 200 years of the genre. In doing so he gives lucid insight into the meaning of existence and self-awareness. Rigorously researched and highly accessible, Matthews argues that psycho-emotional science fiction writers both imitate and inform alien and post-human consciousnesses through exploratory narratives and metaphor.

Drawing from a diverse range of scholars and critics, Matthews explores topics such as psychonarration and neuroaesthetics, to create a thoughtful and cogent argument. By synthesising concepts from philosophy, neuroscience, and literary theory, Matthews posits the potential for science fiction to bridge the gap in understanding between AI and human minds. Given the recent advancements in AI technology, Matthews’ timely discussion enters the speculative realm of sentient technology and postcyborg ethics.

The work constitutes a major contribution to cross-disciplinary perspectives on alien and posthuman psychology, that engages with future states of existence in both ourselves and the machines we create. Transparent Minds will be of interest to innovators, authors, and science fiction enthusiasts alike.


The book's wide-ranging theoretical framework conjures up a diverse array of approaches to the exciting and constantly-evolving genre of Science Fiction - any one of which has the potential to inspire future innovative and more detailed critique.

Nicholas O. Pagan

University of Malaya, Malaysia, author of Theory of Mind and Science Fiction


1. Introduction

(pp. 1–12)
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3. Awakenings

(pp. 27–44)
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7. Conclusion

(pp. 103–110)
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Paul Matthews

Senior Lecturer, Information Science; Programme Leader, MSc Data Science at University of the West of England

Paul Matthews is a senior lecturer in computer science at the University of the West of England where his research interests include human-computer interaction and human-centred AI. Paul has a long term interest in the connections between science fiction, technology and human psychology.