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Technology and its dangerous effects on nature and human life as perceived in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein and William Gibsons Neuromancer Science fiction is the search for a definition of man and his status in the universe which will stand on our advanced but confused state of knowledge science 1 At first glance this topic could seem rather irrelevant having in mind that the two works are separated by more than a century During this lapse of time humanity has witnessed profound changes at a breath-taking speed The partly Gothic and partly Romantic world of Mary Shelley is quite different from the reality Gibson predicts We could not say however that there are no links between the two Shelleys work could be viewed as the apprehension of the new-born fear in regard to technical invention and Gibsons work as the divination of the consequences of technological development and sophistication In both cases the essence of human nature has barely changed It is what lies behind the destructive human strife for more more at any price that has led to the despondent conclusions of both works Indispensable to understanding the complexity of the problem of technology in both Mary Shelleys Frankenstein and William Gibsons Neuromancer is the historical context in which the two were written Whereas Frankenstein was written in a period of dramatic change - that of the Industrial revolution in Neuromancer Gibson echoes the opinion of economists who believe that we are currently experiencing the beginning of a profound economic revolution due to the breakthroughs in information and communication technology and which some believe is equal in magnitude to the industrial revolution The second leitmotif of my research is that of nature in reference to technology Here I describe the relation of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein to technology and some of the crucial issues concerning technology in relation to human life and exploration of the dangerous implications of human acts
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