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Dystopian Fictions As a Function of Their Times

Ever since dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction became genres, both readers and critics alike have debated the predictive qualities of such texts. In hindsight, they sometimes seem to prophesy the future with eerie accuracy, like the “parlor walls” from Fahrenheit 451, which are oddly similar to today’s ever-present televisions. However, while it’s certainly tempting to draw […] Continue reading

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Adaptation Integrity and Reincarnation in Cloud Atlas

Warning: Some spoilers ahead for both the book and movie version of Cloud Atlas. The tagline for the film adaption of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas reads: “Everything is Connected.” These three words succinctly communicate the theme of both the book and film version of the story. However, while the theme of connection is generally the […] Continue reading

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The Treatment of Time in Cloud Atlas

Warning: Some spoilers ahead from Cloud Atlas (the novel). To call David Mitchell’s landmark novel Cloud Atlas an intriguing book does not even begin to describe it. Among many other characteristics, what makes the book unique are the six separate stories Mitchell nests together and the widely different genres the stories encompass, ranging from a […] Continue reading

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So what exactly is a soul? And could human clones have them?

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT AHEAD for Never Let Me Go. In the great debate now practically obligatory in any dystopian fiction (although it’s really more like a chapter-long monologue in Never Let Me Go) Miss Emily explains to Katy and Tommy that Madame collected art from Hailsham in an attempt to prove that the clones have […] Continue reading

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Viewing DNA in Communication Terms

In the 2001 PBS special “Cracking the Code,” host Robert Krulwich opens the documentary by claiming that the “secret of life” is a “message contained in this stunning little constellation of chemicals that we call DNA.” Both Krulwich and his first interviewee Eric Lander call DNA a “code,” a “story” or “storybook” and “information.” Krulwich […] Continue reading

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Viewing DNA in Communication Terms

In the 2001 PBS special “Cracking the Code,” host Robert Krulwich opens the documentary by claiming that the “secret of life” is a “message contained in this stunning little constellation of chemicals that we call DNA.” Both Krulwich and his first interviewee Eric Lander call DNA a “code,” a “story” or “storybook” and “information.” Krulwich […] Continue reading

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