Technology and Morality in Science Fiction

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science fiction explores the human condition in relation to scientific and technological advancement. Typically, the innovations that are presented are reflections of concerns within the zeitgeist where the genre transfers ‘hypothetical premises into the very stream of socio-logical occurrences’ . The nature of these subjects is extended to futuristic or alternate societies containing major technological developments where the responder is presented with a critique of their society outside the parameters of their present context or milieu.

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Extension 1 English HSC assessment task 1- extended responseTechnology and Morality in Science FictionBrendan WilsonScience fiction explores the human condition in relation to scientific and technological advancement. Typically, the innovations that are presented are reflections of concerns within the zeitgeist where the genre transfers hypothetical premises into the very stream of socio-logical occurrences1. The nature of these subjects is extended to futuristic or alternate societies containing major technological developments where the responder is presented with a critique of their society outside the parameters of their present context or milieu. Therefore the human condition is explored through various timeframes inhabiting different political and technological epochs. Stanley Kubrick explores the nature of morality interplayed with technology through the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey which was according to George Lucas, the first time people took science fiction seriously2. This question of morality in the midst of technology is conventional in the case of science fiction where it is similarly explored through H.G. Wells 1897 novel The Invisible Man and Peter Porters 1983 poem Your Attention Please. These texts explore the relationship between technology and morality through differing situations and contexts, and through this the texts of the science fiction genre form a statement concerning the timelessness of the issues they explore

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