Maria Chatzipoulidou Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of American Lit. and Culture, School of English Aristotle University of Thessaloniki E-mail: [email protected] Let there be Websight : The Rise of Posthuman Consciousness and the Question of ‘Togetherness’ in Robert J. Sawyer’s WWW: Wake (2009). Abstract Technological dystopias are ubiquitous in the genre of science fiction literature. Artificial intelligences seeking world domination, sentient robots desiring to extinct the human race or all-mighty posthumans enslaving the “good old Homo Sapiens” are common scenarios. In the first installment of his science fiction trilogy WWW, Canadian writer Robert J. Sawyer makes a different proposition. One in which “the advent of superintelligence” does not entail subjugation or elimination of the human race, but interestingly marks the formation of unexpected, and at times, unintentional human/non-human alliances, leading to an almost ‘naturally born’ togetherness. WWW:Wake, however, is far from a technophiliac’s fantasy. Evertantalizing questions on the essence of post/human identity are the axon around which Sawyer weaves his characters’ interconnections: Does the posthuman mark the death of liberal humanism? Can human and posthuman co-exist, or, rather, can they survive without each other, in a technologically saturated future? A ‘cyborgian’ teenage girl who interacts with the newly awakened artificial intelligence of the World Wide Web and ‘wired,’ chimpanzee-bonobo hybrids chatting online attempt to answer those questions, in Wake. The notion of post-human ‘togetherness’, as it is portrayed in the novel, will be addressed and contrasted to Haraway’s notion of a “promising autremondialisation,” in order to illustrate that, contrary to current theories of posthumanism, notions of humanity and individuality are central in Sawyer’s vision of the posthuman identity.