Sunday, 17 January 2016
Frankenstein And The Future
Frankenstein creates human life -
- as does a post-human AI in Poul Anderson's last future history, Genesis.
In Olaf Stapledon's future history, mankind biologically engineers subsequent human species for increased brain power, then to inhabit other planets.
In HG Wells' The Time Machine, mankind conquers nature, thus creating a paradisal environment in which industrial workers degenerate into the Morlocks and the leisured classes into the Eloi.
I gather that SM Stirling's Draka will change the species by enhancing themselves and reducing the faculties of their serfs - although I have yet to read that further future volume.
Thus, here is a definite continuity of theme from Shelley to Stirling.