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Title Science fiction, ethics and the human condition / Christian Baron, Peter Nicolai Halvorsen, Christine Cornea, editors.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2017]
2017.

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Subject Science fiction -- History and criticism.
Science fiction films -- History and criticism.
Ethics in motion pictures.
Ethics in literature.
Alt Name Baron, Christian,
Halvorsen, Peter Nicolai,
Cornea, Christine,
Description 1 online resource (246 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Contents 1. Introduction: science fiction at a crossroad between ethics and imagination -- 2. The perfect organism: the intruder of the Alien films as a bio-fictional construct -- 3. Science fiction at the far side of technology: Vernor Vinge's singularity thesis versus the limits of AI-research -- 4. A greenhouse on Mars -- 5. Fascinating! popular science communication and literary science fiction: the shared features of awe and fascination and their significance to ideas of science fictions as vehicles for critical debate about scientific enterprises and their ethical implications -- 6. Our serial (and parallel) selves: identity in the age of the transhuman -- 7. Commodified life: post-humanism, cloning and gender in Orphan Black -- 8. Religion in a world of androids and aliens: life and death in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and Prometheus -- 9. I am Omega Man: religious repositioning of the secular apocalypse film in I Am Legend -- 10. From isolationism to globalism: an overview of politics and ethics in the Hollywood science fiction film -- 11. Reinventing utopia: politics and ethics of choice in the works of Kim Stanley Robinson -- 12. The final frontier: survival ethics in extreme living conditions as portrayed in Tom Godwin's The Cold Equations and Ridley Scott's Alien -- 13. The politics of post-apocalypse: ideologies on trial in John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids -- 14. On ustopias and finding courage in a hopeless situation.
Summary "This book explores what science fiction can tell us about the human condition in a technological world, with the ethical dilemmas and consequences that this entails. This book is the result of the joint efforts of scholars and scientists from various disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach sets an example for those who, like us, have been busy assessing the ways in which fictional attempts to fathom the possibilities of science and technology speak to central concerns about what it means to be human in a contemporary world of technology and which ethical dilemmas it brings along. One of the aims of this book is to demonstrate what can be achieved in approaching science fiction as a kind of imaginary laboratory for experimentation, where visions of human (or even post-human) life under various scientific, technological or natural conditions that differ from our own situation can be thought through and commented upon. Although a scholarly work, this book is also designed to be accessible to a general audience that has an interest in science fiction, as well as to a broader academic audience interested in ethical questions"--Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9783319565774 (electronic book)
331956577X (electronic book)
9783319565750 (cloth)
3319565753 (cloth)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-56577-4
OCLC # 993778619
Additional Format Print version: Science fiction, ethics and the human condition. Springer, [2017] 9783319565750 (OCoLC)978289974.


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