Category Archives: utopia

Common Ground: a Fervent Individualist and a Socialist Dreamer

I was raised on Ayn Rand and capitalism. Every dinner with my grandfather for as long as I can remember has centered around the US- our freedoms, our military, our Constitution, our capitalism (and I wouldn’t have it any other way). By the time I reached eighth grade, I’d read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, her thousand-page dystopian […] Continue reading

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Not-so-Genius of America: Adolphe Yvon’s Utopia Dismantled

One of my favorite places to spend random Saturday afternoons is the St. Louis Art Museum. I’ve spent many hours wandering the various galleries during my countless visits there, but I always stop to take a look at one painting in particular—Genius of America by Adolphe Yvon. One might think that I’m in love with […] Continue reading

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Is Happiness Boring?: The Failure of Utopia and Why Agent Smith Might Be Right About Us.

The problems of a perfect world seem to be a favorite subject with authors of science fiction, and even works styling themselves as utopian seem unable to resist veering toward the dark side of a peaceful society.  Somehow or other, perfection in thes… Continue reading

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“A Genuine Start-Over Skin”: The Erotics of World-Creation

Killain C. Quigley draws parallels between the erotic and the contagious in his blog post, explaining how the characteristic “Human carrier” of disease and outbreak novels signifies an erotic undertone. And this is eroticism that is not only in a sexual sense (though there’s plenty of that in Oryx and Crake), but an uncanny and […] Continue reading

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We Can Build Panda Burgers: A. melanoleuca, Simulacrum

Hailsham’s system of rearing clones to be used as organ transplant donors evokes strong imagery of agricultural and livestock-raising practices, Killian C. Quigley notes. But the methodology and implementation of the system, including the non-clone citizens’ attitude towards the clones, is something entirely non-organic. In his post, Quigley compares the system of organ donation to […] Continue reading

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