Category Archives: Future

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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A World Without Einstein

In the 1997 film, Gattaca, the directors are trying to communicate the dangers of genetic engineering and human-influenced evolution. And while the film is not subtle with its reproach of the implied eugenics movement that is inherent in genetic screening, it really hits its point home with its deleted pre-credits scene. At 8:52 of the […] Continue reading

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What Can You Learn From Video Games?: Answers For My Mom

I was first interested in this Digital Media course because I believed that it would help me further understand how digital media can be used to communicate ideas and stories to people of the 21st century. I thought when I signed up that we would be talking about social media techniques and how it has […] Continue reading

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Proverbs of Energy and Imagination

The “Proverbs from Hell” are an odd mixture are proverbs that seem incredibly similar to Proverbs found in the Hebrew Bible it is meant to counter and proverbs that obviously occupy the position of counter to the Proverbs of the Hebrew Bible. One of my personal favorites of Blake’s proverbs is “What is now proved […] Continue reading

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Aliens of Vastly Different Size

The world of science fiction has no lack of first encounter stories, and the idea of bizarre alien life forms is definitely an idea that has been explored extensively.  There have been stories about aliens who are different colors than us, aliens who have different organs than us, aliens who think differently than us,  and […] Continue reading

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Aliens of Vastly Different Size

The world of science fiction has no lack of first encounter stories, and the idea of bizarre alien life forms is definitely an idea that has been explored extensively.  There have been stories about aliens who are different colors than us, aliens who have different organs than us, aliens who think differently than us,  and […] Continue reading

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5 Opening Lines

1. It had been three centuries to the day since the last man died, taking with him the last Y chromosome the world will ever know and leaving behind nothing but a sea full of estrogen. 2. The shuttle took off with loud bang, propelling Xander on his mission to yet another Galaxy on the outskirts of […] Continue reading

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Songs for the Road

Hi, 7 year old Angie! Being 7 years old is the best! Do you like big kid school? The bus lady is nice and gives free popsickles.  Brozzor beats you up sometimes but is a great older brozzor and takes good care of his sister. You will hear him play pretty violin songs.  Mommy and […] Continue reading

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A Letter From a Future Self

Dear PJ, Hello from the future!  I’m not sure what kind of paradoxes sending you this letter will lead to.  Surely it couldn’t have warped the space-time continuum too much or anything like that because apparently I still survived to write this letter to you.  Or maybe another Universe has been created and you are […] Continue reading

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Genetic Engineering and the Breakdown of the Family

Both Gattaca and Beggars in Spain take place in futuristic societies in which advanced genetic engineering allows for a person’s characteristics to be controlled simply by altering the person’s genes while they are still an embryo. However, the unfortunate result of this is that in both stories, children are generally seen not as a gift to be […] Continue reading

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