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Science Fiction Themes Through the Decades

Taking this course was my very first introduction to science fiction. If I had to name one takeaway from what I’ve learned, it’s that science fiction is not about humans, but rather human nature. It’s about what issues us humans are facing in our current moment, and how those issues can be exploited through developments […] Continue reading

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Climate Change: the thin line between science fiction and reality

Science fiction authors have written about the effects of global climate change for years. Many writers have imagined the measures we humans will have to take to survive what most scientists now believe is Earth’s sixth mass extinction. In stories like Mayflower II and Kyrie, humans have had to evacuate the earth, finding new living […] Continue reading

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Health care in the future?

Health care is a human right. We all have the right to the highest quality of physical and mental health care, which includes access to medical services, healthy working conditions, sanitation, and a clean environment. Since health care is so essential to human life, why have we rarely read about creative medical advancements in science […] Continue reading

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Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

While I was home over winter break, I found myself in the mood to read something new.  A few years ago my family moved houses, and since I was leaving for college soon after I only kept books that I really loved—but thus had already read. So, the pickings on my bookshelf were pretty slim. […] Continue reading

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Something Old to Something New: From Bach to AI

Composers can spend their entire lives studying the music of deceased composers before them in order to find inspiration for their own compositions. They can then spend years drafting manuscript after manuscript before they finish their work. However, the process doesn’t end there. After music is composed, the composer still has to find musicians willing to […] Continue reading

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To Be a Monster, Physically or Mentally

In Science Fiction and Realism alike, the novels often deal with monsters: monsters that haunt the night in science fiction and monsters that haunt the mind in realism. The monsters in science fiction tend to be physical, while the monsters in realism tend to be mental. To start off, let’s look at the definition of […] Continue reading

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Snowpiercer And The Rise Of Cli-Fi

Note: I know that not everyone has seen Snowpiercer, but if you do get some free time this weekend, catch it on Netflix because it’s a brilliant and intense film (a whole new spin on Netflix and ‘chill’)!   One of the reasons I&#… Continue reading

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Snowpiercer And The Rise Of Cli-Fi

Note: I know that not everyone has seen Snowpiercer, but if you do get some free time this weekend, catch it on Netflix because it’s a brilliant and intense film (a whole new spin on Netflix and ‘chill’)!   One of the reasons I&#… Continue reading

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What would romance add to Sci-Fi literature?

Everyone can appreciate a good love story. The first meeting, the banter, the resistance, and finally, the admission of love. There’s something innately satisfying about seeing two people (or two mutants) that should be together, actually end up together. So why does most science fiction skirt around the idea of romance? Why is it so scary […] Continue reading

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Always Eat Your Meat

Once upon a time ahead The world began anew The animals we’ve known were dead Homo sapiens vanished, too Our kind may have disappeared But others still remained One race was brutish, to be feared The other, not the same The first ones-Morlocks, they were named Had bodies white as milk They hunted flesh, were beasts […] Continue reading

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