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Category Archives: SF
It’s impossible to be a citizen of the 21st century without being somewhat familiar with the ubiquitous, ever-changing phenomenon of “Internet culture”. My generation never even knew a time without the Internet. Every day of our lives, we consume thousands of bite-sized chunks of micro-content from our smartphone screens designed to grab our attention and […] Continue reading
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
I can’t stand when people watch a movie before they read the book. There. I said it. Even back in fourth grade when a film adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s renowned Diary of a Wimpy Kid hit theaters, I was appalled by my young cohort watching in awe from front row seats, so mindless of the […] Continue reading
When I learned how Mary Shelly lost her children before she wrote Frankenstein and introduced Frankenstein’s monster, I strangely felt an urge to make a comparison right away between the parent-child relationship and the human-robot relationship. Frankenstein created the “monster” out of loneliness and some latent psychological need to prove himself. You hear people talking […] Continue reading
I have STEM-majored friends explicitly declare that they don’t enjoy writing or reading and thus do their best to stay away from Humanity and Social Science courses. I also have friends who major in a Humanity subject and claim to hate at Math. In addition, many of them also disidentify themselves from a particular STEM […] Continue reading
Many people proclaim that “drugs are bad” but is outlawing them creating more evil than leaving them legal? According to History.com, “The term ‘organized crime’ didn’t really exist in the United States before Prohibition.” During Prohibition, the mob was in charge of widescale distribution of alcohol, and in the 21st century, as a result of […] Continue reading
Cloning is my favorite thing ever. Okay, let me rephrase. Studying the sociological and scientific impacts of cloning is one of my favorite intellectual ventures (second only to my recent research on the Oxford comma). In high school, I even had the opportunity three times to hear renowned Harvard-alum Sam Rhine lecture at his annual […] Continue reading
I don’t read or watch science fiction, if I can help it. My favorite Star Wars movie is the third one (not counting the prequels) because the Ewoks are cute. I tried to read Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and made it less than thirty pages. My eyes could barely keep themselves open during Blade Runner. I always […] Continue reading
The Nazi movement may have made Eugenics famous, but it existed long before the 1930’s. Eugenics is formally defined by Meriam Webster as “the practice or advocacy of controlled selective breeding of human populations (as by sterilization) to improve the population’s genetic composition.” Sir Francis Galton coined the term in 1883, but this was just […] Continue reading
Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer, opens with one of my favorite hooks in any science fiction novel. “The tower, which was not supposed to be there, plunges into the earth in a place just before the black pine forest begins to give way to swamp and then the reeds and wind-gnarled trees of the marsh flats.” […] Continue reading