Category Archives: Themes in SF

astronaut and an alien

Alien Thoughts

“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 […]

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Engraving of a steam-powered robot

Robots in Science Fiction

“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 […]

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