English 451

November 17, 2011

“Species Don’t Go Extinct. Now they go on hiatus.”

Filed under: Uncategorized — kev89 @ 5:26 am

This quote from Deborah Maclennan on p. 357 perfectly captures a major theme of Blind Sight.

This quote could really be applied to anything we have read so far as a class. These seemingly simple sentences can be very thought provoking. In the context of Blind Sight, this quote clearly applies to the vampires, which had gone extinct millenia ago, but have been revived due to genetic manipulation of humans. This quote could also be read on a smaller scale commenting on death and efforts to revive one from the dead or avoid dying altogether.   In this context it can also be applied to Frankenstein as dead beings were revived in a sense to create the monster, as well as in Neuromancer, where characters like Jules Verne used technology to cheat death.

The warning I go out of this quote is how easily the values of nature and life can be lost. As has happened in all of our readings so far this semester, and in science fiction in general, once these values are lost, the consequences can be dangerous.

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