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Absolute Knowledge, written by independent author Drew Cordell, is the product of a successful Kickstarter project, and is a novel that feels reminiscent of elderly SF. The synopsis is as follows: ‘It’s amazing how significantly our lives can change in such a short amount of time. Whether it’s a fateful meeting with an old friend, […]

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Rollerball is one of those special films that needs no introduction. The music. The violence. The macabre and miserable atmosphere. Unlike Death Race 2000, Rollerball contains an ethereality that permeates every second of the viewers’ film watching experience; but akin to Death Race 2000 and SF of the seventies, Rollerball continues this theme of American […]

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Though the late seventies is famously known for producing Star Wars IV: A New Hope, earlier SF films in the decade were often dark, grisly and grim stories that were partly inspired by the current political scene. Distrust. Anger. A loss of hope. These concepts were all represented by films such as Logan’s Run, A […]

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With the season closing up, Westworld inflicts a little pain to remind us of the cost that comes with being conscious. Westworld: “Trace Decay” With Theresa gone and Bernard back in the company fold, Ford has his friend dress up their murder as an untimely accident. The Delos board, however, remains undeterred from their current […]

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Though published in the mid-nineties, Sterling’s compendium Schismatrix Plus includes the Schismatrix novel itself, along with several shorts and prose pieces that add to his Shaper/Mechanist universe, including Swarm, Spider Rose, Cicada Queen, Sunken Gardens and Twenty Evocations, all of which were written between 1982 to 1988, cementing them within the cyberpunk lexicon. Unlike the […]

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‘We are all chimeras, theorised and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs.’ Donna Haraway, pp. 158 As the Automaton Sequence comes to an end, I wish to end on a bang; to write about one of my favourite texts (well, two of my favourite texts), writing about how the human […]

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For the past four weeks, I’ve taken you on an exciting robotic adventure. From defining what the robot is, to understanding the anxiety that comes from facing one’s creation. For my penultimate article in the series, I’ll be examining the role of robot as female; a small glimpse into how Fritz Lang understood technology through the […]

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And so here we are, the dreaded Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus week. For the purpose of this article, I am referring to Mary Shelley’s opus, and to a lesser extent Kenneth Branagh’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as the two are closely linked, and my preferred interpretations of the Modern Prometheus. Frankenstein is the root of […]

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Moving on from last week, we’ll be delving deep into one of my favourite roboty texts, and analysing specific themes and motifs about the representation of the robot. I mentioned that I’d be using the Czech writer, Karel Čapek’s, use of the word; and, in essence, the term that I’ve derived from his works sums up […]

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