About author Yudhanjaya Wijeratne:

Yudhanjaya Wijeratne is a Sri Lankan science fiction author, activist and researcher. His novel The Salvage Crew has been lauded as one of the best science fiction and fantasy books of 2020. Yudhanjaya advocates human-AI collaboration in fiction.

Reviews of the Salvage Crew

  1. Review in The Hindu:
  2. Independent review:
  3. The Salvage Crew as speculative fiction -

Format of the discussion; expectations from participants

Michiel Baas will discuss the book with Yudhanjaya Wijeratne virtually. The discussion will be moderated to ensure focus, and to accommodate participants’ questions and inputs.
The discussion will focus on what sci-fi narratives, such as The Salvage Crew, have to teach about the role and impact of AI in everyday life. Participants are expected to read reviews of the book, and post questions either before the reading, or after.


The discussion will be held on online, and in-person at Takshashila Institution’s premises in Church Street, Bangalore. If you want to network with participants, attending in person is recommended.

About the AI and Ethics Book Club

The Book Club is free to participate, and open to public access. Recordings of the Book Club session are exclusively available to The Fifth Elephant members. You can contribute by:

Contact information

For queries, email Hasgeek at or call (91)7676332020.


The Takshashila Institution

2nd floor, 46/1,

Cobalt Building, Church Street.

Bangalore - 560001

Karnataka, IN


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