Qualia’s power comes from its doubling of the concepts upon human themes. Scientific & philosophical concepts are used as metaphors– like Fermat’s principle turned into the coolest 強くなりたい！ imperative out there – or P-zombies & Qualia being used as the grand metaphor to talk about how humans must live their own lives diligently.
Beyond that it also titillates the senses of any otaku by being unabashedly moe and yuri – as well as having all the denpa/gothic/cool/moe genre traits like secret societies, dismemberment murders, super robots, magical girls etc… etc…
Incidentally –I had a p-zombie novel idea in my random story brainstorming folder which was going
to involve romance, discrimination, lynching, commentary on meta-fiction & the joy of stories, and the perspective of life outlined in Bataille’s The Labyrinth. Now that I’ve properly read Qualia though – I’m wondering which way I can take it to distinguish myself from Ueo.
(Remember folks – the only reason to read philosophy is to use it to come up with cool stories involving Yuri romances, moe, and cool magical systems)
MAY BE OF INTEREST
While there are few works out there that synthesizes ideas and genres in the special way Qualia does, the concepts have been touched upon in a number of other places. For those who are interested, these may be nice supplementary materials if you’re interested in the ideas provided:
Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang (has a similar exploration of Fermat’s principle of least time)
The Infinite Assassin by Greg Egan (has a similar exploration of probability density selves)
Sekai-kei works in general (famous for having massive scale cosmic events rest in the hands of small and palpable human feelings)
Infinity & The Mind by Rudy Rucker (less relevant, but the first part explains cyclical shapes of space-time)
Golem Lectures by Stanislaw Lem (extremely brutal refutation of the Anthropic Principle)
Blindsight by Peter Watts (touches on the P-zombie perspective)
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester (referenced within Qualia)