Saturday, December 3, 2016

Week 14: Satire and Sci-Fi

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

         “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” presents what the future would look like if encounters with other life forms occurs as well as if we manage to settle on a new planet. Based on what we see in the news and on the television that we are trying to settle on the planet Mars to prepare for the possibility of us destroying Earth which does seem possible because of the way we treat the planet. Adams includes the Earth in his story still but he uses traveling through the galaxy and Arthur Dent ends up leaving the Earth because of an apocalypse that would end the world. “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” creates a future for us that we may experience in the next 100 years if we continue in the direction of destroying Earth and trying to find a new planet to settle on and create a new home for us. We may need to create our own “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to prepare us for what our future generations could experience if we do destroy Earth and need to find a new planet to live on.
“By the mid-2030s, I believe we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them safely to Earth,” “A landing on Mars will follow. And I expect to be around to see it.” -Barak Obama

Week 13: Literary Speculation

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

                  Something I found interesting about “A Clockwork Orange” is that along the lines of speculation is that the use of a different type of music is related to violence. In this story Burgess uses classical music to act as a trigger for the main character Alex to cause him become a programmed robot and become violent. The association of violence and music usually relates to such music as death metal hence the name or metal music in general. “A Clockwork Orange” takes that speculation about that type of music and replaces it with something completely opposite. Classical music is normally associated with calming people and being comforting and peaceful. Metal music is normally associated with violence and anger. Even before Alex was “programed” to associate classical music with violence, his favorite type of music was classical music and he was still as violent as before he was program. The use of classical music instead of something like metal music to be associated with violence shows Burgess use of creating a new speculation about what violence can be associated with.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Week 12: Diverse Position Science Fiction

Kindred by Octavia Butler

                  “Kindred” by Octavia Butler is a story about time travel that seems to have no reason but occurs on key moments of the main character’s life. The first time Dana time travels into the early 1800s it is on her 26th birthday when she and her husband movie into their new apartment. When a gun gets pointed into her face she returns to the present. This similar occurrence of time traveling when something good happens to her in the present and when something bad happens to her in the past. The situations whether good or bad causes her to time travel. This concept seems to be that its like what we all seem to go through whenever we have a good moment we reflect on some of the bad moments we’ve had in our past and when we are in bad moments we try to reflect on good moments in the past and in the future. The use of time traveling emphasizes this idea but I think on a larger scale. Dana who is the main character of the story is having a good moment with it being her birthday and moving into a new apartment she gets sent back to the early 1800s where her life is threatened. This doesn’t use emotions but it uses historical and important events in our lives to show in a literal way that reflection that we go through in similar situations.