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A Review of Kindred, a Novel by Octavia Butler
Unjust Power Derived From Prejudice Today, there is a constant power struggle in government between parties. In our capitalist economy, the same struggle is seen between people. These power relations and hardships were also seen especially during the period of slavery. As Octavia Butler shows in her novel Kindred, Dana’s...
The Similarities of British Imperialism and Martian Invasion in War of the Worlds, a Science Fiction Novel by H.G. Wells
War of the Worlds The years from 1871 to 1914 experienced boom of anti-imperialism literature. One such writer who used his power of words and wisdom – H.G. Wells devised a way to educate his readers on the dangers of imperialism and the threat of future war for the Earth due to the nature of humans. He used an interplanet...
The Human Fear in the Book World War Z by Max Brooks
Panic is surely to arise when the dead finally reanimate! Think about it. They have a hunger for human flesh, no heartbeat, hardly have a brain, can’t speak, move slowly, are easy to take out individually or in small groups… yeah. It’s not really all that scary unless you’re cornered or are facing hoardes. If you’re anyone...
The Theme of Empathy in the Novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick
Empathy, is something that is necessary in order to be humane. That’s a fact. Cold. Hard. Fact. But even in a world where artificiality, and a harsh radioactive dust from an intense war covers the planet that they live on, it’s possible to make even the most selfish person on this earth transition into a humane human. The p...
The Dangerous Visions of Tranquility in Science Fiction
Future Hype: The Dangerous Visions of Tranquility in Science Fiction It can be said without a doubt that science fiction is one of the most popular literary genres ever. From classics like Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, to more recent volumes like Orson Scott C...
The Significance of the Poem Recited by Estraven on Page 233 of the Book The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
In Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, what is the significance of the poem recited by Estraven on page 233? How does it reflect on the significance of Estraven’s character in the book? Even though this poem making mention of the title of the book, darkness has some obvious metaphoric importance within the sto...
An Analysis of the titular Statement in the Heinlein Story
In the Heinlein story, what is the meaning behind the titular statement: “I know where I came from—but where did all you zombies come from?” Let’s start by unpacking the second part of that statement. These “zombies” referenced by the narrator are of unknown origin to him; he doesn’t know where they came from, though he...
An Analysis of the Story All You Zombies- by Robert Heinlein
As the story by Robert Heinlein, “All You Zombies—,” begins to wind down, Jane is settling into his quarters with a bottle of Old Underwear while proving to the reader with one revealing statement after another that he is the Unmarried Mother, the baby he just delivered to an orphanage in 1945, the young, pregnant woman wis...
The Literary Works of Robert Heinlein
The main characters of all of Robert Heinlein’s books collectively represent something about the man’s philosophy towards human betterment. As an individualist, libertarian, and advocate of self-determination, Heinlein espoused both great personal liberties (such as in Stranger in a Strange Land) and great personal responsi...
An Analysis of the Novella The Minority Report by Phillip Dick
Minority Report “The Minority Report,” a novella written by Phillip Dick, is the story of a futuristic United States when the government can foresee and prevent crimes before they are committed. Steven Spielberg takes the short story and creates the adaptation known as Minority Report (2002) and greatly improves upon the p...
An Analysis of the Novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go: Not a Traditional Love Story Love, by simple definition, is an intense feeling of deep affection but to humanity love is something much more significant and powerful than its simple definition suggests. Love is a force strong enough to last over vast distances and time, inspire some of history’s greatest m...
The View of Violence in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick
Empathy shapes our perceptions; a very simple statement, but a statement that nonetheless remains valid despite its obviousness. Our preconceptions and views relating to all matters, whether they are fictional or factual, all trend back towards our capacity to sympathize with another’s point of view. The complexities of sym...
A Comparison of Science Fiction and Mystery in the Novels We Were Liars and Cinder
Compare & Contrast Science fiction and mystery; two genres that couldn’t possibly be alike or similar in any way, well in reality these two genres have both their differences and their similarities. This is evident in two very popular novels published recently, “We Were Liars” and “Cinder”. These two novels are very simi...
An Interpretation of An Almanac for Alien Invaders by Merrie Haskell
In “An Almanac for Alien Invaders,” by Merrie Haskell, the juxtaposition of Naidu and Lin in terms of each character’s incentive for joining the aliens, life condition on Earth when joining, and feelings regarding the aliens by the end of the story, serves to suggest that the aliens will eventually succeed in conquering the...
Three Lessons for the Readers in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Books > Technology How can a story about a guy burning books for a living improve my life? On the surface, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a futuristic book where our protagonist, Guy Motang is a man who burns and censors books from the public. Ever since he met a free spirited girl named Clarisse, he has been hoarding a...
A Summary and Review of the 5th Wave, a Novel by Rick Yancey
The 5th Wavechronicles the adventures oftwo teenagers, Cassie and Ben, along with Cassie’s younger brother, Sammy. Cassie is a humorous to many people, yet protective when it comes to caring for Sammy, person, quite similar to Ben and his sister. Sammy is just an innocent five-year old. The point of view is first person, bu...
The Happiness of Thousands and the Misery of One Child in the Short Story, The Ones Who Walk Away from the Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin
RR Dystopia (The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas) Summary: In this short story, a utopian city named Omelas is described as a place of peace and happiness. There are very few laws, no tyranny of religion as there are no priests, no slaves, and general welfare and happiness. However, the people are still regular humans wh...
The Classical Hero's Journey of Guy Montag in the Novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel set in a future where books are outlawed and any that are found are burned by firemen. Guy Montag, one of these firemen, meets a seventeen-year-old girl named Clarisse McClellan who causes him to question society and become increasingly dissatisfied with his life. This driv...
The Theme of Ecology in Dune, a Novel by Frank Herbert
In Frank Herbert’s Novel Dune there is a strong theme towards ecology and how humans can change the ecology of an entire world. How much right do humans have to dictate the ecology of a planet? Whether it is our own or that of an alien world, should we have the right to disrupt an ecological system just so that it fits our...
The Underlying Theme in City of Pearl, a Novel by Karen Traviss
In Karen Traviss’ novel City of Pearl there is a strong underlying theme that has to do with the morals of human nature and their poor ability to protect the balance in their environments. She really makes you examine the choices that we are making with our planet right now. What if our race is no different from the Isenj?...
An Analysis of the Weak Characters in the Science Fiction Novel Sphere by Michael Crichton
The Drive for Power A ‘strong’ character is a character that is stable, and a character that is in control of him or herself. On the other hand, a weak character is one that is simple minded for desire and unstable. In the science fiction novel, “Sphere,” by Michael Crichton, many characters in the book can be defined as ‘...
The Art and Act of Telling Stories in David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas
Science fiction pushes boundaries and frontiers, especially those stories that examine what lies in the future. They do not just make predictions or seek answers, but ask questions of the reader as they do so. The content of science fiction stories are as manifold and varied as any other genre, but their medium is less expl...
The Relationship between Wilderness and Civilization in the Science Fiction Genre
The beauty and vastness of outer space serve as a beacon for man’s desire to expand continuously, to transcend all of the boundaries that obstruct his desire to be unrestricted in every direction. Mankind is engaged in an eternal striving for more knowledge, and outer space is inexhaustible as far as novelty and thrill go....
The Relationship between the Rich and Poor in the Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, a Short Story by Ursula Le Guin
“The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” is a short story written by Ursula Le Guin in 1973. Le Guin begins the story by introducing the reader to a utopian society where all of the citizens live without any discontent: "a cheerful faint sweetness of the air that from time to time trembled and gathered together and broke out i...
Soft Science Fiction in Frank Herbert's Dune
Science Fiction Response Paper-- Dune Frank Herbert’s unparalleled achievement of imagination, Dune, is an excellent example of soft science fiction. Dune contains a plethora of examples of both hard and soft science fiction; however, Frank Herbert deliberately reduces the importance of technology in Dune so that he can...