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De-familiarization in “The Semplica-Girl Diaries,” science fiction and literature

We have already examined the dystopian story, “Jon,” in our class. For this short essay, I will examine, “The Semplica-Girl Diaries,” set in a dystopia that closely resembles own world. In this setting, the wealthy rent humans who are paid to serve as lawn decorations through the painless “Semplica” procedure, in which a wire is [...]

By | 2016-10-06T18:19:03-04:00 October 5th, 2016|Essay 2, John|0 Comments

In this essay, I will argue that Asimov believes that agency is incompatible with safety, that Cutie’s vision of evolution is similar to Hegel’s, and -- borrowing from Lewis -- no matter how much technological power may concentrate human will can never transcend history - even though AI.   In the “Reason” chapter Asimov reveals [...]

By | 2018-01-07T15:01:54-04:00 October 5th, 2016|Charlie, Essay 2|0 Comments

Essay 2

For the characters in Ursula Le Guin’s novella Paradises Lost, life on Earth is unimaginable. Life on any planet, for that matter, is beyond their comprehension. Five generations into the two-hundred year journey to reach a habitable planet, the story’s ship-born inhabitants have no concept of dirt, sky, or open space. This isn’t the first [...]

By | 2018-01-07T15:01:54-04:00 October 5th, 2016|Essay 2, Jane|0 Comments

Asimov’s Last Question — Essay 2

Isaac Asimov the Last Question The last question was asked, half in jest, by Isaac Asimov sometime in the year 1956. In this short story, Asimov presented the problematic of asking systems of information about the limits of the universe itself. Throughout the story, the last question “can entropy be reversed?” (or more simply put [...]

By | 2016-10-05T20:34:44-04:00 October 5th, 2016|Essay 2, Ivan|0 Comments

Robbie the Robot: Humanizing a Non Human

Much of Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot is concerned with what almost seem logic puzzles, stories where the complications of the three laws of robotics cause robots to malfunction or otherwise act in ways not originally intended.  However, the first full chapter of the book, titled “Robbie”, breaks this mold.  It is instead a story humanizing [...]

By | 2018-01-07T15:01:55-04:00 October 5th, 2016|Essay 2, Matthew|0 Comments

Hierarchies of Being in Carmen Dog

In the world of Carmen Dog by Carol Emshwiller, female animals are transforming into female humans, and vice versa. The human to animal transitions are neither instant nor clearly discernible. Some women change completely into animals and loose ability to communicate with humans. Others are in a permanent limbo between species. Phillip, for example, possesses [...]

By | 2018-01-07T15:01:55-04:00 October 5th, 2016|Essay 2, Sigrid|0 Comments

Reduce and Be Reduced to a Pest in Karen Solie’s “Pest Song”

“A pest is a plant or animal detrimental to humans or human concerns (as agriculture or livestock production); alternative meanings include organisms that cause nuisance and epidemic disease associated with high mortality (specifically: plague). In its broadest sense, a pest is a competitor of humanity.”[1] Can a poem be science fiction? If so, I’d like to explore the idea [...]

By | 2018-01-07T15:01:55-04:00 October 5th, 2016|Essay 2, Sophie|0 Comments

Childhood’s End: Human Nature and Utopia

Childhood’s End: Human Nature and Utopia   Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End (1953) opens on two astronomers dreaming of the future of space travel when a fleet of alien ships descend and park themselves above the major cities on Earth. These ships are piloted by a race of aliens nicknamed “the Overlords” who seem to [...]

By | 2018-01-07T15:01:55-04:00 October 5th, 2016|Arline, Essay 2|0 Comments

The ‘Posthuman’ Future as Both Utopia and Dystopia in Oryx and Crake

Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake imagines a near-future, where the technology to improve humanity abounds, but is ultimately used to destroy it. The text delivers its brand of morality with a heavy hand, and within it many prominent themes of Science Fiction converge. It is an ecocriticism, and a cautionary tale, blurring the lines between [...]

By | 2018-01-07T15:01:56-04:00 October 5th, 2016|Essay 2, Samantha|0 Comments

Humanity in Never Let Me Go

What is it that makes us who we are - that which is inside us, or that which we make? Our perception of ourselves, or how others perceive us? In his novel Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro shows us a bleak alternate future in which humans mercilessly breed clones to provide organs, thereby eliminating concerns over cancer [...]

By | 2016-10-05T15:28:44-04:00 October 5th, 2016|Essay 2, Stacy|0 Comments