philosophy

‘Your thoughts are valuable!’: A Review of Absolute Knowledge

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...

‘You can’t make me quit’: A Review of Rollerball

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 perm...

‘Scoring isn’t killing Mr Frankenstein, it’s a part of the race’: A Review of Death Race 2000

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 pol...

Westworld’s Growth is Painful

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 co...

‘I can buy you, grow you, sell you, cut you into bits. Your screams: my music’; A Review of Bruce Sterling’s Schismatrix

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...

The Automaton Sequence: 5.0: ‘It’s in your nature to destroy yourselves’; The Human as Machine

‘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...

The Automaton Sequence: 4.0: ‘If a male god created the world, then he certainly created woman first’; The Female Robot in Metropolis

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 articl...

The Automaton Sequence: 3.0: ‘You are my creator, but I am your master’; Robot Anxiety

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 Shell...

The Automaton Sequence: 2.0: ‘Go, Adam, go, Eve. The world is yours’; Rebellion of the Robot People

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 usi...