Found Texts of the AAI Anon, Circa 3119: Eight Lyric Essays

Found Texts of the AAI Anon, Circa 3119: Eight Lyric Essays

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by Desmond Kon

Synopsis

Within this book are eight found texts written over the span of a millennium, discovered circa 3119 AD. These are epistolary meditations unearthed, attributed to AAI Anon, an advanced artificial intelligence. As omniscient narrator, this AI presence is capable of exhibiting some emotion, which curiously infuses its depiction of things with some measure of affection and empathy.

Wired into its vocation as a curator, AAI Anon surveys the futuristic cityscape as artifice, even as it renders it into art, penned here as lyric essays or postcard fiction. As speculative fiction, each vignette represents only a pinhole into the AI’s consciousness, as well as the reality that surrounds it. Witness a world as it evolves through time. There’s talk of renewable energy and space exploration. How do work, education, housing, healthcare, culture, community look like in the future? Did we survive the climate crisis? Dip into these random musings. Apprehend these confessional intimations. Witness a future reauthor its own story.

About the Author

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, a quasi-memoir, two lyric essay monographs, four hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than twenty books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organisations. Trained in book publishing at Stanford University, Desmond studied sociology and mass communication at the National University of Singapore, and later received his theology masters (world religions) from Harvard University and fine arts masters (creative writing) from the University of Notre Dame.

Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards. For more information on the author, please visit his website at: desmondkon.com.

About the Artist

Karen Kon is a photographer and videographer. Her subjects of interest include street scenes, portraits and still life photography. Her source of inspiration is the National Geographic magazine and counts browsing photography magazines at the library as one of her favourite pastimes. She has worked with several SMEs to provide product images for print media and e-commerce listings. Besides photography, Karen also volunteers as a videographer for social service agencies, capturing and translating moments into heartwarming videos that deliver their intended messages.

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ISBN: 978-981-14-2445-8 (e-book)
Published: 2020

Extent: 65