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Re: [SFC] Re: Fascination with creation of life

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  • Mike French
    Terry Pratchett suddenly came to mind; I suppose Discworld ain t on all fours with sci fi, but Feet of Clay is a pretty good read on the creation of life
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      Terry Pratchett suddenly came to mind;
      I suppose Discworld ain't on all fours with sci fi, but
      Feet of Clay is a pretty good read on the creation
      of life question, and can cause some hard thinking if
      you let it...
      Mike
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      From: "sarahgo4th" <sarahgo4th@...>
      To: <sciencefictionclassics@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2004 5:25 PM
      Subject: [SFC] Re: Fascination with creation of life


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      > Thanks so much for these thoughts. From what I gather from my
      > own limited experience and conversations with others, it does
      > seem to be true that creators of science fiction seem to jump
      > right past the creation of life part to the "what next?" part... so I
      > think I'll take my story there instead. I spoke with a couple of
      > English professors (because what does a science writer do
      > when asked to write about popular culture? we call professors)
      > on the subject this morning, and here's what I gleaned from
      > them. There are two strong themes that run through stories of
      > man-made life: 1) what happens when such life runs amok? (as
      > in Jurassic Park, 2001: A Space Odyssey, etc.) and 2) what
      > happens when such life becomes self-aware, and does this
      > change what it means to be human? (as in Do Androids Dream
      > of Electric Sheep/Blade Runner)
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      > Anyone have thoughts on these 2 basic themes? Why, for
      > instance, do you think these questions keep popping up? And
      > why, if creating life is so darn scary, do we keep fantasizing
      > about it?
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      > (BTW, thanks for the additions to my to-read list)
      >
      > --- In sciencefictionclassics@yahoogroups.com, "Steve
      > Something" <ss1400@y...> wrote:
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      > > --- In sciencefictionclassics@yahoogroups.com, "Peta Smith"
      > > <petas@o...> wrote:
      > > <snippy>
      > > > Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (book)/Bladerunner
      > (movie)
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      > > You nailed it with this one, Peta. *The* definitive "modern
      > > prometheus" story with a much more thought-provoking
      > subtext
      > > than "Frankenstein" (or indeed the story of Prometheus).
      > >
      > > Nice one.
      > >
      > > Steve.
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