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August 24, 2019

When I would think of Science Fiction, I always associated it with just aliens and technology. I don't really have any other thoughts on Science Fiction as it wasn't really my genre and while it is interesting for some I didn't have an interest in it. For me, I would define Science Fiction as a genre that is associated with sciences and other worldly beings. It also associates with how the future may be or how technology can be advanced.

August 24, 2019

From what I learned of Science Fiction, I would say that I was right to think how I did on the definition of Science Fiction. Science Fiction is a literary genre that is focused on science and is also focused on technology. I found out from the documentary Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon, I learned that it came in 1926. The authors then were trying to show the younger audience at the time how their world can be different. I think I was also right to think that it was the focus on technology because they were thinking about how technology is advanced.

@TamiMarie: Hello! I thought of the same things when science fiction came to mind because science fiction is not really my genre either. Do you think that now that you have done more research on the topic that it has made you more interested in the genre?--Daisja30 (talk) 22:05, 31 August 2019 (EDT)

September 5, 2019

"The Swimmer" by John Cheever is a short story about a man named Neddy that is swimming in a pool and he tries to get home by swimming through the pools of his neighbors. As he kept doing this he was greeted warmly by his neighbors but overtime things became more and more darker. When he makes it home, he sees that his home is desolate. The science fictional elements in “The Swimmer” is how time and space is used. Time and Space in science fiction is essentially when time and space are warped in some kind of way. The protagonist, Neddy was swimming in pools and he was pretty much going to different pools at different houses that belonged to his friends. Overtime as he kept going, things started to become more and more distorted and surreal.

@Tami Marie: Hi Tami! I saw Neddy as someone who was struggling with reality throughout the story. It is clear that his life is not as perfect as it seems, and as the story progresses we start to see the truth behind the curtain. Nice job! Christina.moore2 (talk) 17:16, 6 September 2019 (EDT)

@TamiMarie: Time and space in "The Swimmer" is warped in Neddy's mind. I think that the pools represent a portal that goes to another "dimension" from fantasies and memories to reality. Instead of things becoming more surreal and distorted I think that everything becomes clearer and focused. It is his transition from being drunk to being sober. At first his mind was hazy in another place. He was feeling great and happy, but as the alcohol began to wear off everything became much clearer. He wanted alcohol again to go back to his past. The pools technically sobered him up. MarinChristina (talk) 20:16, 7 September 2019 (EDT)

September 5, 2019

The similarity that both “The Swimmer” and “La Jetee” is the concept of time and space. In “The Swimmer” Neddy is going from different pieces of his friends’ homes and things started to become surreal and distorted. In the end Neddy comes back to his own home to find that it had become deserted and empty. In “La Jetee” the protagonist goes through time travel and he ends up in many different parts of his life. “La Jetee” takes place during a post-war era and at some point the protagonist ends up in the past before the war happened and he meets a woman and falls in love with her. He does eventually die when the people who were experimenting on him, follow him and they get ready to get rid of him. For here the common trait that the stories share is how time is used in both of them.

@Tami Marie:: Although I agree with you on most points, I think the further along Neddy traveled and the more people started to talk to him, that he began to question his reality. Then, like you said, once he reached his house, everything became crystal clear to him. I think both protagonist were trying to hang on to the good times of the past.--Daisja30 (talk) 18:33, 8 September 2019 (EDT)
@Tami Marie:: I agree that time is definitely one of the things the two stories share in common. I feel that both stories chose to use time as the focal point to show the extreme suppression or trauma both men experienced.Ambersmith5 (talk) 09:34, 9 September 2019 (EDT)
@Tami Marie: Your analyses must be a bit more in-depth and use strong secondary sources. Thanks. —Grlucas (talk) 16:43, 9 September 2019 (EDT)


September 14. 2019

In a previous post, I stated that science fiction isn't my genre. With that being said, I never seen an episode of Doctor Who until now. I had never watched Doctor Who previously and I don't have much knowledge of the show. The only thing that I know about it, is that it's about a person who can travel through time and space and I do know that their main enemy are these machines called Daleks. That's all I knew of Doctor Who. This episode, Blink, was a very interesting episode. The angels on this one aren't actually angels but are called weeping angels. My first impression of these are that they were just statues that covered their faces and they would kill people. It turns out the weeping angels send people back in time and leave them to die. The weeping angels prove to be a very dangerous bunch and it is advised to not blink.

@Tami Marie: Hi, Tami! I also had never seen an episode of Doctor Who before this one. I have to admit, I found it a bit confusing because I had never seen a previous episode, but I did enjoy it for the most part. The Weeping Angels were interesting to me because, as the Doctor said, they kill you by sending you back in time and letting you die slowly.
@Tami Marie: Hey Tami!! I'm glad we're in class together! As far as the Weeping Angels are concerned do you feel that their punishment was actually a punishment? From one perspective, the Weeping Angels never killed a person and only place them in another part of history. There might have been a little comfort knowing how certain world events would play out, which I suppose is an odd advantage to have. That individual still had the chance to have a life. I'd love to hear your thoughts! SaraKathryn (talk)- 22:45, 15 September 2019 (EDT)

September 14, 2019

Doctor Who’s Blink and William Gibson’s The Gernsback Continuum were what we had to read and watch this week. In the Blink, the weeping angels were able to seed people back into time and leave them in the past to die. The Gernsback Continuum is about a time continuum. The protagonist in The Gernsback Continuum is in a flying ship that goes from one image to the other. Between the two there is a common theme concerning Time. The weeping angels send people in time and that is how they essentially kills their victims. In the Gernsback Continuum, the narrator is seeing images of a parallel world that is similar to his. In both of Blink and Gernsback Continuum, both of the protagonist are trying to change something concerning time. The Doctor is alerting Sally from the past and the protagonist in Gernsback Continuum is trying to change images. In Getting Out of the Gernsback Continuum, Andrew Ross writes: "Because of the obligations of the conventions of historical narrative, literary historians of science fiction tend to favor linear accounts of its development as a cultural genre". This is evident here as in both episode and story the protagonists are favoring something else and are trying to change things.

@Tami Marie: Did you proofread? Did you listen to my feedback? While I applaud your effort to add some research to your post, you must get the more foundational detail correct first. Go back and read the directions for the lesson carefully. Please see me if you need more explanation. —Grlucas (talk) 12:41, 16 September 2019 (EDT)

September 20, 2019

We Can Remember It For You Wholesale is a story about a named Douglas Quail who wants to go to mars. He wakes up thinking about it and he does actually get a chance to go to Mars. There is a twist to this however; he actually had a false memory inserted in his brain to make him think that he actually went to Mars. From what I saw of Douglas, I could tell that he did not like his life and obviously wanted to be somewhere else. At first, I thought that maybe he was just thinking about going to Mars as an escape from his reality. To my surprise and I’m sure everyone else’s, Douglas actually visited Mars and saw aliens but they made him suppress the memory.

Memories

The theme of the story is about Memories.Douglas is trying his best to get to Mars, but it would seem that he could've already made it to Mars. As it turned out, he did make it to Mars but he could not remember whether or not he actually made it to Mars. His memory was hidden from him as he met aliens and so they made him suppress the memory about meeting them. With his memory being hidden from him, I got the feeling of him being empty on the inside and that he felt a part of him was gone since he doesn't remember whether he made it to Mars or not. In the story it is clear that their is the back and forth of what is real and what isn't real. Did Douglas go to Mars and kill someone or did he not go to Mars and he did not kill someone? When he tries to get a memory implant it turns out that he did go to Mars and he was actually a secret agent. As previously stated he did not remember it because the aliens made him suppress his memory. In the article False Memories For An Analogue Trauma: Does Thought Suppression Help or Hinder Memory Accuracy it says "People are vulnerable to memory distortion for traumatic events. Indeed, researchers have suggested that intrusive thoughts in particular might lead victims of trauma to memories". Douglas did go through a trauma and that was having his memory suppressed. While this was for the benefit of others he still suffered a trauma of having his memory taken away.

@Tami Marie: Hi, Tami. I think the trauma Douglas might have gone through could possibly be him killing someone. While he was trained for years as an assassin, the act of actually killing someone might have been harder on him than he thought. It is clear throughout the story that he did not want his memories to be taken from him, but instead was forced to forget what happened. That being said, I am sure that his struggle with having more than one memory erased and replaced with a lie was very traumatic. Nice post! Christina.moore2 (talk) 15:42, 22 September 2019 (EDT)
@Tami Marie: I find your post interesting. I do think trauma could have played a small part in his memory loss, however, I read that it was more like this: The government hired Douglas to do one of their “dirty jobs” and then so he wouldn’t tell anyone what he had done, they erased his memories. While I do think he probably seen aliens on Mars, I do not agree that it was them that forced him to suppress his memories.--Daisja30 (talk) 23:06, 22 September 2019 (EDT)

September 22, 2019

The story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, and X-Files episode, Jose Chung's From Outer Space, are both very similar to each other. They both deal with a person dealing with aliens in some kind of way. Douglas had met the aliens from Mars and Chrissy and her boyfriend were abducted by aliens. They both deal with having their memories tampered with. Douglas's memory were taken away and Chrissy couldn't remember much about her abducting by the aliens.

Douglas and Chrissy

As previously stated, Douglas and Chrissy both have their memories manipulated but they both have their memories manipulated in different ways. In Douglas's case he had it taken away from him because of the aliens decided to take it from them. When he goes to get memory implants, they discover that he was actually a secret agent and an assassin that visited Mars. Chrissy's situation is entirely different as she was abducted and her memories were tampered with. A difference between the two is that Douglas had previously stated that he wanted to go to Mars. Douglas had been thinking about this since the beginning of the story. From my persepctive I saw his obsession with going to Mars as being a dream of his since his own life was empty. It turned out to be a reality for him, it's just that he did not know he's been to Mars before. For Chrissy, she did not want to be abducted and she was taken against her will. Unlike Douglas, who had been wanting to go to Mars, Chrissy did not want to go anywhere and was put in a very complicated predicament. The experience with the aliens was pretty traumatic for her, rightfully so since no one would really want to be abducted by aliens. For Chrissy, she also underwent hypnosis, something Douglas did not go through. One thing they did have in common is that they both were told it was for the greater good of others. For Douglas, the aliens decided not to invade Earth because of him, and for Chrissy, the government did not want her to remember her experience. It could actually be for the greater good for Chrissy as her experience was scary and it would probably been best for her not to remember. Regarding these two, Douglas and Chrissy both had run ins with aliens and had their memories taken away both in different ways and for different reasons.

@Tami Marie: all of the characters' memory lapses all deal with losing their freedoms to keep their memories. The government agencies, Interplan and the Air Force, alter and direct the characters' memories by convincing them that they are not in the right states of mind. The government is censoring what these characters know. They do not want their voices to be heard and to keep them out of showing others what is really happening. It is like media censorship. MarinChristina (talk) 21:42, 22 September 2019 (EDT)
@Tami Marie: Your referencing is incorrect. Please review the first lessons and follow directions. Here is how your first sentence should read: “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” and The X-Files episode “Jose Chung's From Outer Space” are similar. Do you see the difference? Please see my feedback that I will be updating through the day on 9/24/19. —Grlucas (talk) 06:58, 24 September 2019 (EDT)

September 28, 2019

Having view the episode The Entire History of You from Black Mirror, I will say it had a very interesting concept on how to keep a person's memory by having a "grain" inside of them. The "grain" is used to help people keep track of their memories and they are able to rewind and re-look at their memories. I found this be rather interesting as it would be a astonishing thing to be able to actually keep track of ones memories and they are able to rewind them. It would be a good thing for a lot of people as they can remember something that they did not want to remember.

Liam and His Memories

Liam is the main protagonist in this episode. He is has a grain in his neck and he is able to rewind memories. He was shown to be a bit jealous and possesive because he saw how close his girlfriend and her ex were getting really close towards each other. It turns out that his wife did sleep with him and it is a possiblity that Liam is not the girl's father since she did not use a condom. This makes him doubt whether he is the father too the little girl. In the end, he cuts out his "grain" and it fades to back. Like last weeks reading, there is talk about memories. In this situation, Liam is able to remember all the things that have happened with him and his wife and he saw how she had sex with her ex. I would say that when having something like the grain in a person it can be a good thing or a bad thing. The good thing that come from it is that a person is able to remember certain things. The bad thing is that they can remember something horrible and they it will forever be embedded in their mind.

@Tami Marie: I also thought Liam was over the top with his jealousy, but as a lawyer his intuitions proved him right. Throughout his analyzing of his own memories, it made me realize how crucial the grain would be in things like court cases. Do you think the grain would serve as more of a benefit in security or a danger?--Daisja30 (talk) 23:20, 28 September 2019 (EDT)
@Daisja30: I definitely think the grain would be beneficial in a court case, but the fact that memories can be erased from it might make things difficult. Christina.moore2 (talk) 16:17, 29 September 2019 (EDT)
@Tami Marie: Your relating to last weeks work and the concept of memories was something that I also could not help but think about, especially when the comment was made in the episode of Black Mirror about altering your own memories at the dinner party. With the grain, it seems as though altering your memories out of trauma or by the assistance of others was less likely and the human flaw of eye witness accounts could be cut out, but at the same time by having the option to delete memories, one could still alter their own perspective.
@Tami Marie: I also believe that technology like the grain has some pros and cons. Obviously a pro would be that you can remember all the good memories you have and just go back and watch them. The grain would also be helpful if you ever needed evidence for anything. A major con would be the extreme invasion of privacy like when Liam went through security as the airport and had to run back a couple of days worth of memory. Brebre143 (talk) 01:38, 29 September 2019 (EDT)
@Tami Marie: I agree that there is an up side and a down side to having something like the grain. On the one hand, being able to replay memories seems like something that would be beneficial to have at your disposal. On the other hand, the grain seems to enhance the insecurities that already exist in certain people, like Liam and his jealousy, and bring about more violent responses.Christina.moore2 (talk) 16:17, 29 September 2019 (EDT)
@Tami Marie: Did you proofread? Please look at your first sentence and tell me what's wrong with it. —Grlucas (talk) 12:03, 30 September 2019 (EDT)

September 29. 2019

In comparison between The Entire History of You and The Girl Who Was Plugged, they have something to do with a chip being implanted into a person's head. Both the protagonist have something implanted in their heads but it was for different reasons and it ended with different outcomes for the both of them. While it was a different outcome for Liam and P. Burke, one thing they did have in common was that having something implanted in their head ended badly for them.

Implants With Different Outcomes

Liam had a chip called the grain in his head. The grain was used to help people with their memories. They could always rewind an event that happened and they could do so over and over again. Liam is shown to be worried about his wife cheating on him. He constantly rewinds his memory to see if there was anything that he missed. He eventually finds something and it did turn out to be true that his wife was unfaithful and their was a strong possibility that his daughter wasn't his. By the end of the episode, Liam takes knife and tries to take out his grain. P.Burke's situation is entirely different and is more tragic. P. Burke is actually under control and she did not want to be under control but it happens anyway. She is connected to a "Remote" named Delphi and overtime she does enjoy being Delphi but it comes to and end when she and Delphi die. Between the two there is an obvious difference. Liam has the grain in his head voluntarily but P. Burke did not want it. In a way they both have something that is concerning them and that is control. Liam was more obsessed about whether his wife was cheating and he might have felt he had no control about what may have happened in their marriage. P. Burke had no control at all in becoming a "Remote" to another "Remote". One thing that can be noted is that these specific technologies destroyed their lives.

October 6, 2019

In this week's reading we had to read the story Bloodchild. In the story the humans are known as the Terrans and they live with these insect like aliens called the Tlics. The Tlics are the ones that are in control of everything while the Terrans live on the Preserve. One thing to note is the Tlics use the Terrans for hosting their offsprings.

Reverse Gender Roles

Bloodchild shows a very interesting way the Tlics have children. The Tlics use the male Terrans as hosts for their babies and the males have to endure the grueling pain of having Tlic babies. The main character Gan is the host for the Tlic T'Gatoi. Gan witnesses a Terran named Bram Lomas give birth to eggs for his Tlic and Gan sees how horrifying it is. There was another incident mentioned where another a Tlics' children ate a Terran alive, but this is witnessed by Qui, Gan's older brother. Gan starts to become scared of being T'Gatoi's host and he proposes to T'Gatoi to have her impregnate his sister but he changes his mind and now Gan is hosting T'Gatoi's eggs. In this story I noticed how the gender roles are reversed. The obvious way this is shown is how the male Terrans are carrying the babies and not the females. It is could be possible for a female to carry the eggs since Gan's sister Xuan Hoa wanted to have the babies for T'Gatoi. In the end Gan is the one that has the eggs inside of him, not his sister.In the article Mama's Baby, Papa's Jealousy? Kristen Lillvis states "Butler's merging of male and female roles in "Bloodchild" indicates to the child's access to the "female within" (Spillers, "Mama's 80) develops not only of the child's link to the Terran's mother but also his or her connection to the feminized Terran father". Gan is going to be the "feminized Terran father" since he now has the eggs inside of him. Mothers also make sacrifices for their children, Gan is giving up his body so his sister wouldn't have to go through the pain. He is being a "mother" to his sister. In the article Alien Bodies and a Queer Future: Sexual Rivision in Octavia Butler's "Bloodchild" and James Tiptree Jr.'s "Delicate with Mad Hands", Amanda Thibodeau states "Given their different life cycles, the female Tlic not only raise raise their young, but they also create and control the cultural and social systems while the males have little impact on the society". Gan does not have any type of impact in the Preserve or anything else but T'Gatoi is the one who is going into politics and is in control of the Preserve. T'Gatoi even forces Gan's mother to eat her eggs, despite Gan's mother not wanting to do it. It shows that T'Gatoi is the one that is also in control of Gan's household, not his mother.

References

Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon

The Swimmer by John Cheever https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/modules/fulllist/special/en304/syllabus2014-15/cheever_the_swimmer.pdf


[1] La Jetee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLfXCkFQtXw&t=202s

Getting out of the Gernsback Continuum: http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.mga.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=11&sid=535c9f88-285f-45e3-971b-86934f359a06%40sessionmgr4007

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False Memories For An Analogue Trauma: Does Thought Suppression Help or Hinder Memory Accuracy: http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.mga.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=4&sid=f41d2257-4183-4085-a10b-73a1a07fe51c%40pdc-v-sessmgr05

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