Week two comments and questions

Okay, wow. I had no idea that the history of Sci-Fi criticism was this layered! I guess I fell captive to the tradition of aprioristic underestimation of science fiction. We saw many perspectives from this week, many of which can be put in direct opposition to each other (for instance, grab Freedman's quote "all SF is a utopia," [...]

By |2019-01-13T01:42:12-05:00October 17th, 2018|F16, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Questions on War of the Worlds

1. In the 2005 film adaptation of War of the Worlds, the heat ray instantly cremates humans, turning them into a fine grey dust reminiscent of the dust that covered parts of Manhattan after 9/11. In the original novel and radio adaptation, however, the Heat Ray leaves corpses “charred and distorted beyond recognition" (p.27). [in [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:54:24-05:00October 17th, 2018|F16, Sigrid|0 Comments

Performing Personhood in “The Girl Who Was Plugged In” – Reflection

James Tiptree Jr.’s “The Girl Who Was Plugged In” is a dismal depiction of the relationship of one woman with her body, and the relationship between that body and the world. The story, first published in 1973, presents a dystopic future where revered celebrities referred to as “gods” are elevated by mega-corporations, most notably GTX, [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:39:05-05:00December 23rd, 2016|F16, Final Project, Samantha|0 Comments

Searching for Interstellar Escape to Solve 21st Century Problems

From Le Voyage dans la Lune directed by Georges Méliès released in 1902 to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey released in 1968, outer space exploration in cinema has become increasingly popular throughout the years. Although the novelty of the dark and faraway unknown is enough to spike the curious audience’s interest, space and our [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:39:05-05:00November 16th, 2016|Essay 3, F16, Sophie|0 Comments

Give Me Empathy Or Give Me Death!

Introduction In THX 1138, George Lucas tackles the question of what would happen if science, religion, and the state all merged together with the corporation. In an hour long amalgam of state mandated  drug plans, a repressive surveillance state, psychological torture, and sexual repression George Lucas asks the question - is freedom worth it even [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:39:05-05:00November 9th, 2016|Charlie, Essay 3, F16|0 Comments

Utopia: Where No One has Gone Before

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s “In the Pale Moonlight” premiered on April 15th, 1998 and is definitely an outlier in the Star Trek universe. Star Trek has always been considered a utopian science fiction universe. When the Star Trek premiered in 1966 it depicted a future that where humans made it past their nuclear adolescence [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:39:05-05:00November 2nd, 2016|Arline, Essay 3, F16|0 Comments

Welcome to the Dollhouse: Depictions of Sex, Technology & the Future of the Customized Self

Dollhouse is a science fiction television show created by Joss Whedon and produced in 2009. The story follows a series of “dolls," which are essentially indentured servants who have signed away their consciousness, personality and memory for five years in exchange for a large sum of money. These dolls, also called 'actives,' are temporarily implanted [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:39:05-05:00November 2nd, 2016|Essay 3, F16, John|0 Comments

Adventures in Genre – Cowboy Bebop

Released in 1998 under the direction of Shinichirō Watanabe, Cowboy Bebop is a hot genre mess. The title of the show already points towards two of the main stylistic pillars of the show: the American western and (the also American) jazz music; but those are hardly the only two ingredients in this brew! the delightful [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:39:06-05:00November 2nd, 2016|Essay 3, F16, Ivan|0 Comments
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