Category Archives: progress

Technological Stagnation

Science fiction stories are all about technological progress, and ubiquitous throughout science fiction is the assumption that the future will be filled with technology much more advanced than our own.  This assumption, though present in science fiction, is made by virtually every human being in their musings on future society.  Many people go as far […] Continue reading

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Attempts at Some Theses on Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas becomes more complex the more one tries to pick it apart, and Dan Fang in his blog post below has crafted several theories about the overall message and tone of the novel. From the bleakness of the incapability of history to the hope of legacy through narration to a very meta-fictional thesis that […] Continue reading

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The Meaning of Progress

Cloud Atlas cycles not only the characters’ struggles and the interwoven natures of their stories, but their relationships as well. From Adam Ewing to Meroynm, the reader can see a cycle of oppression and survival, of predator and prey, the constants that remain regardless of how the environment changes. Erin Pellarin questions what, exactly, is […] Continue reading

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“Servants with Internal Combustion Engines”

Dehumanization seems to be a common motif throughout dystopian novels, from Never Let Me Go’s clone treatments to Oryx and Crake‘s genetic enhancements, and Antic Hay is no exception.  Dan Fang delves deeper into this topic in the following blog post, presenting the strange chimeric inclinations of the citizens of Antic Hay, and how that relates […] Continue reading

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