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

Ivan proposal

Although aware of some disparities with the instructions for the final assignment, here’s what I want to do:                Rick and Morty is an exceptionally self-conscious piece  of science-fiction. The two main characters, Rick the scientist and his grandson Morty, are obviously a redefinition of Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty. But more than [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:39:06-05:00October 19th, 2016|F16, Ivan, Proposal|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 |2018-10-17T11:39:07-05:00October 5th, 2016|Essay 2, F16, Ivan|0 Comments

What Is Sci-Fi?

Assuming I am being asked from a genre studies perspective, I like to define Science Fiction in accordance to Ursula K. Le Guin’s definition of the text we read in class: “Words can be used thus paradoxically because they have, along with a semiotic usage, a symbolic or metaphoric usage. All fiction is a metaphor. [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:39:07-05:00September 15th, 2016|F16, Ivan, What is SF|0 Comments
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