The concept of time travel has always fascinated me, but not necessarily for the obvious reasons.
Category Archives: Themes in SF
“The alien is the creation of a need — man’s need to designate something that is genuinely outside himself, something that is truly non-man, that has no initial relation to man except for the fact that it has no relation …. it is through learning to relate to the alien that man has learned to […]
“One of Descartes’ students asked the master how he would know when an automaton had become a true man. “‘When he tells me so himself,’ Descartes said.” — “Cybernauts in Cyberspace: William Gibson’s Neuromancer” by David Porush Robots, androids (and gynoids), and other assorted automatons have been a staple of science fiction since before it […]
A few years ago, I read a couple of books by Paul Nahin: Time Travel and Time Machines: Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics and Science Fiction. I was so captivated by these books that I actually sent Dr. Nahin an email asking him about this time travel thought I had: If I got into a […]
It seems to me that quite a lot of science fiction — in fact speculative fiction as a whole — is used to comment on the current political climate when it was written. On television, Star Trek, Babylon 5 and the re-imagined Battlestar Gallactica are good cases in point. In literature, I could probably list […]