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Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go

“I don’t know how it was where you were, but at Hailsham we had to have some form of medical almost every week.”- Kathy, Page 13 After reading Never Let Me Go, it took me back to our class conversation … Continue reading

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Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion

Contagion is another example of a serious threat to society and the way in which people react. Unlike The Road, an apocalypse has not occurred and wiped out the population, but chaos has ensued during this trying time. The infectious … Continue reading

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Don DeLillo’s White Noise

“Man’s guilt in history and in the tides of his own blood has been complicated by technology, the daily seeping falsehearted death.” This work of literature gives us an insight into two characters that both fear the concept of death. … Continue reading

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John Hillcoat’s The Road

Old Man: I knew this was coming. They were warning us. After reading Shute’s novel last week, On The Beach, watching Hillcoat’s The Road offered the opposite spectrum of the two-sided perception that the world will one day come to … Continue reading

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Nevil Shute’s On The Beach

Enroute to Moira’s parents’ farm before the fishing trip, Dwight is holding the fishing rod he’s bought for Dwight Junior, and plans to try out on the trip. He thinks of the world’s end. “He sat in the back seat of … Continue reading

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Josef Rusnak’s The Thirteenth Floor

Douglas Hall: How can you love me? I’m not even real. You can’t fall in love with a dream. Fresh off our study of Ubik last week and the class discussion we had revolving around the idea of being “real,” … Continue reading

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Philip K Dick’s Ubik

“It seems so—negative. I don’t do anything; I don’t move objects or turn stones into bread or give birth without impregnation or reverse the illness process in sick people. Or read minds. Or look into the future—not even common talents … Continue reading

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Octavia Butler’s Dawn

“Your Earth is still your Earth, but between the efforts of your people to destroy it and ours to restore it, it has changed.” Book 1: Dawn; Section 1: Womb; Chapter 5; pp. 33-32. This quote exemplifies what Octavia Butler’s … Continue reading

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Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer

Sleep Dealer takes what we’ve discussed about being part of a community and goes further in creating a surreal futuristic phenomenon. In class the point was brought up that the labor portrayed in the film is similar to the exhaustion … Continue reading

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William Gibson’s Neuromancer

“Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts… A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light … Continue reading

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