Category Archives: Blade Runner

Empathy or Pity: Racialization and Alienation in Sci-Fi

When reading Haggard’s “She,” I came across a common trope that has bothered me for some time. The novel depicts the adventures of the two men as they travel through Africa with the protection of British Imperialism. Although the novel’s narrator describes Vincey as an infallibly beautiful Greek god, Holly’s description focuses on the alienness […] Continue reading

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Worldbuilding in Science Fiction

We are struck, when watching modern science fiction movies, by sweeping vistas of futuristic cities. From the dystopian darkness and aggressive neon of Blade Runner, to the vibrant colors and eclectic bustle of Black Panther, to the mysterious images of floating black monoliths in Arrival, such images help to teleport the viewer into a different […] Continue reading

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The Invention Science Fiction Missed

“Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact.” This quote from Isaac Asimov rings true to our modern sensibilities, as on a daily basis we converse with AIs similar to those featured in many science fiction stories, watch digital billboards like those from Blade Runner, and communicate over phones and watches strangely reminiscent of Star Trek […] Continue reading

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What does it mean to be human?

“If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?” The 1982 film Blade Runner is a science fiction classic for a reason. It is a stylishly made noir film that is not afraid to get philosophical. […] Continue reading

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