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August 14, 2019: Science Fiction

Science fiction is what it sounds like to me. It is happenings that occur versus the theories in science that have been proven. Fiction in literature means not real. When I think about science fiction I think of supernatural powers. For example, shooting spider web silk from your hand. It is impossible because humans and spiders have two different genetic makeups. Another example could be someone having psychic visions. No one can see into the future and know what will happen next or have something happen and try to prevent it. How about people creating weather like storms and tornadoes? I don't think that we as humans can make weather patterns but how we treat our planet and litter can affect the weather. My last example since we are coming up two months from Halloween would be witches on brooms flying in the air. All of these things are impossible because of the science we have today. Until science evolves we are stuck where we are.

August 30, 2019: What I Learned

The three aspects I learned about are speculation of future, impact on science and technology, and in a different time or space. After watching a video [1] I learned that science fiction helps scientists embark on new journeys and seek the unknown. Science fiction helps take things out of perspective and put in what-if scenarios. Science Fiction shows us different perspectives. Two definitions I read that stood out to me from this week's readings. One was from Isaac Asimov his definition of science fiction is that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance upon human beings.” The other was stated by, Robert Heinlein, his definition of science fiction is a handy short definition of almost all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the scientific method. To make the definition cover all science fiction (instead of ‘almost all’) it is necessary only to strike out the word ‘future.” 

@TSmith2020:: Science fiction definitely shows us different perspectives, I agree. For example, the trope of "aliens" can mean so many different things thematically in a story. With that, we're able to explore and understand what it means to be an alien, not just the kind with the big eyes and spaceships, but also the perspectives of those that are foreign or different. -MorganAtMGA (talk) 19:53, 8 September 2019 (EDT)

September 7, 2019: "The Swimmer" With Allusions

In John Cheever’s book/film The Swimmer [2] the aspect of different allusions and symbolism is a science fiction element I picked up on as I read up on it because of funding reasons. I had a chance to read “The Swimmer” through a google book. The plot starts with a guy swimming home from a social function using his neighbor's pools. As the plot of the story thickens the setting of the scene changes. The weather changes from being sunny to gloomy. Not only did the weather change but the attitudes of the people he was surrounded by were getting worse. The final thing that went through a change in this production was the pool’s water level. Metaphorically the guy is experiencing change which helps a person grow. The different dimensions give the man different obstacles that he has to hurdle over to get home. Different dimensions is another element of science fiction as it deals with different perceptions and altered worlds. The production changing the scenery and vibe of the people helps a person see their alter ego. He named the journey he took through the pools as a river after his wife. Roberts site said "as seen throughout the film the guy loses everything he has as and is no longer young as the weather represents the seasons changing".[3] The seasons changing not only tell us the time of year but also how things didn't happen all in one night but all over time.

@TSmith2020: I agree with your statement that “things didn’t happen all in one night” because if you separate this story from its aspect of time, you get a man that neglects the problems of the present. This accumulates to impacting his future life and persona in a way in which he never wanted, but avoided fixing. As a result, he can never return to his past self or the image it held since it is too far gone. Atallent (talk) 10:31, 9 September 2019 (EDT)

@TSmith2020: I agree with you all. Things did not happen all in one night. It's imperative that we keep that in mind. Great point! —AmaniSensei (talk)

September 7, 2019: Theme comparison between "The Swimmer and "La Jetée"

I have seen “La Jetée” directed by Chris Marker and read “The Swimmer” by John Cheever they both have time travel and symbolism in common. Both of the main characters that are the protagonist live in their past lives. Neddy the main character in "The Swimmer" goes through life in disbelief. As the story plot progresses he loses everything of value to him. Throughout the plot, the season and his age changed to reflect the time travel. the main character in La Jetée is a male prisoner of World War 3 who is being experimented on for time travel. He travels through time to find this woman that he once saw in his past to start a romantic relationship with her. He soon realizes that the death of a man he saw in the past was his own death. The works in this post both tie together through the symbolism of death by Neddy’s family breaking apart and the guy who time-traveled just to understand the man he saw dead was himself.

@TSmith2020:: I also talked about how time travel was a common theme in both the stories. I think both protagonist were trying to escape the horrible present realities they were faced with.--Daisja30 (talk) 18:20, 8 September 2019 (EDT)
@TSmith2020: Similar to your journal, I talked about how both The Swimmer and La Jette had themes of time and change. Both had some memories in the past that they were more fond of, so they each had their own ways of going back to those time. Brebre143 (talk) 19:26, 8 September 2019 (EDT)
@TSmith2020: Please see the directions about referencing. some good thoughts here, but they must be accurately supported. —Grlucas (talk) 07:29, 10 September 2019 (EDT)

September 15,2019: Doctor Who "Blink" Analysis

Doctor Who" is a well-known television show during the 1990s and had twenty-six seasons. In the episode "Blink" which was directed by Hettie MacDonald happened in the third season of the show. The show uses some common symbols but has a twist in their meanings. What you perceive the meanings were originally are the opposite in this episode. The angels are one symbol that is a common symbol of faith, devotion, hope, trust, and love. Angels are usually seen with calm peaceful faces and white wings or wardrobe to represent purity. In this episode, they are seen weeping to show a change in the mood of the symbol. These angels are not sent to the actors to bring peace or clarity but rather sadness and confusion. In the video clip the angels are seen as the antagonist to assassinate the characters.[4]

With a hidden theme of power, and life the producer uses this as the angels' form of life. David Tennant states as Doctor Who in the episode, "They just zap you into the past and let you live to death. You die in the past and in the present, they consume the energy of all the days you might have had." With that statement, you see life and death in an instance. Taking one from their current present-day life and plunging them into a time period they know nothing about and forcing them to live in the past until they die. Somehow also making it possible for these alien creature to consume the life which the individual would have left in the present day. This episode alone gives its audience the idea that life is worth living whether it be in the past or in the now present. This is interesting because of the whole idea of time traveling. I have always seen people move forward in time and not backward.

@TSmith2020:: I found your journal to be very interesting. I also analyzed the angels in my journal but I took a different approach on the matter. However, I liked reading how they represented opposite of what they typically symbolize.--Daisja30 (talk) 23:20, 15 September 2019 (EDT)

September 15,2019: Comparison Between "The Gernsback Continuum" and "Blink"

Comparing William Gibson’s “The Gernsback Continuum” and Doctor Who’s “Blink[4] episode can be a bit of a challenge if you aren't a big science fiction fan or it can be hard to find something that the two have in common other than the fact that the protagonist of both works watched and viewed this week were photographers. It is clear to me that the main aspect the two works from this week have in common are their themes. Both stories theme is about a future that has not happened yet.

In Gibson’s “The Gernsback Continuum,” the protagonist dreams of an alternate reality based on the 1900's image of how the future world is supposed to look like. He is able to do this through “semiotic ghost” which are characterized as “bits of deep cultural imagery that have split off and taken on a life of its own”. In the "Blink" episode of "Doctor Who", protagonist Sally Sparrow has to fix a future that has not happened yet. The antagonists of this story also known as “the weeping angels” are unearthly creatures that send humans to the past to create paradoxes the 1930s pictured a future world with “white marble, slipstreamed chrome, immortal crystal, and burnish bronze” and this is the very future the protagonist had to awaken in. Then Sally is given multiple clues from the past and future from a set of DVDs to connect her to the right people to help her manifest a future where she gets to live, the Doctor gets his time machine back, and a number of the angels die. Hill stated, "the Weeping angels resemble conventional horror monsters, monsters that have no role other than being monsters".[5] The protagonist in The Gernsback Continuum couldn’t understand how the future of the 1930s had become his reality. As he captured more and more of the current remains of architectural attempts at the thirties envisioned future, he started to see zeppelin docks and weird flying objects. Then he even comes in contact with the people of that time period with their food pill belts and aluminum avocado shaped car. Ultimately this future never came true because during the process of trying to make it a reality it nearly destroys the very earth through things like pollution and the carbon footprint. Nevertheless, a future that was able to be successfully changed was that in “Blink.”

@TSmith2020: Some thoughtful commentary. Be sure to proofread, and we need to work on your referencing. —Grlucas (talk) 13:06, 16 September 2019 (EDT)

September 21,2019: Themes in "Jose Chung's From Outer Space"

This week's science fiction film to watch is "The X-Files" episode titled, "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" which is directed by Rob Bowman. While watching the Episode I gathered a few themes deemed to be science fiction. Those topics are hypnosis science fiction non-fiction. Hypnosis is a technique to put people in a deep sensation or feeling to the point where someone else can control what they do or know. This technique is starting to be used in films and in our world to put people out of reality so that something can happen or be performed in order to help the antagonist get their way. Ancient fairy tales use magic, have characters telling lies to get their way, teleportation, and also underlying meanings in them also. In the episode, there is also science fiction intertwined with non-fiction to show either two worlds, two realms, or a side of living that is undiscovered or hidden by the government. One thing in the episode Jose Chung's From Outer Space that caught my attention is the statement that the truth is as subjective as a lie.[6] I believe that is true because the truth can be stretched to the point it becomes a lie. The truth is also only the truth if the opposite person on the other end of the conversation believe it to be. Everything in the world is viewed through everyone's personal lens of subjectivity, objectivity, culture, and values. It is rare that objectivity is not where subjectivity and personal views are because a person's personal view is the reason why we have subjectivity.

SF with Non-Fiction

Some producers in the film industry wanted to revamp the film industry because the film quality was poor in the early 1950s.[7] So then film producers started to incorporate sf with non-fiction in order to bring a different and new light to the film industry. This new light brought things like scary creatures, extraterrestrial creatures, paranoia, horror, the unknown, fear, new dimensions, and different worlds. In this episode, we see Harold has a belief that he has seen a UFO when his car stopped and his wife and himself were abducted by aliens. The government tries to tell him to forget about what he has seen and that it did not happen because the government officials do not want him to dig into more findings of these aliens and Venus. The government wants to control people's thoughts about other living creatures among them. They want to suppress his desire to want to dig deeper because they are doing a current investigation. The officials go as far as implanting a tracker in him to track his every move. I think that because we have freedom of expression that Harold should have been able to explore his dreams without being sedated by drugs so he could remember what he did.

@TSmith2020: Did you proofread? What's the rule about big blocks of text when writing for the screen? Sources that do not have an author are probably not string sources. —Grlucas (talk) 10:58, 24 September 2019 (EDT)

September 22,2019: Common Theme in Between Jose Chung From Outer Space and "We Can Remember it For You Wholesale"

The two works I viewed this week were "Jose Chung From Outer Space" and "We Can Remember it For You Wholesale". One theme element that they both had in common was the element of the government wants to keep the knowledge about other worlds and what is on them a secret.sense of otherness from the aliens to the government and its forces – the police, army, scientists – all of whom are working, at times quite violently, to “protect” the people by covering up the visitors’ presence and that transference frees up our expectations, opens other possibilities for the aliens’ appearance.[8] In the episode "Jose Chung From Outer Space" the protagonist is trying to recall and explain to officials that the car he and his wife were in stopped out of nowhere and they witnessed a UFO and grey aliens. In We Can Remember it For You Wholesale the protagonist was curious about extraterrestrial creatures and other worlds. The landings on the moon at the end of the 1960s and the early 1970s made the depiction of other worlds.[9] Only government officials had seen the other world and put a special agent on a task force to investigate. The government, consequently, becomes a force of rationalization, of cover-ups, of hiding the truth behind a seemingly reasonable facade.[10] The government wanted to suppress peoples' curiosity and limit what the citizens knew about the creatures or other worlds that may be out there.[11] Close Encounters also develops a shifting perception of self, as the aliens, in the usual manner of that “impostor or something” motif, serve to reflect an “other” or different sense of our own nature one that, the narrative suggests, has typically gone repressed or simply never been recognized.[8] That is where these two works align. They both have protagonists interested in other realms that are being covered up or hidden from the regular citizens. It got to the point where the people closest to the protagonist became distant from them to not be associated with the interest. Ones eagerness to know the other world caused the people close to them to frown upon and look down upon the obsession the government called Mars.[12] One of the works has a way of setting up citizens who look too deep while the other use hypnosis to brainwash the citizens. There is a third party company that wanted to help grant Mr.Douglas Quail wishes and afford him the opportunity to go to Mars.[13] I feel as if the government put a company in place to disperse some of their duties of the secret files. The company implanted a false memory into Mr.Douglas Quail's head so that he wouldn't remember anything that happened after he started the implant surgery.[14] In the end, Mr. Quail lost his wife and she told him to come find her when he was ready. Mr. Quail wife left him in their home and the interplan police were already inside looking for evidence that he knew too much information and did not listen to them, but they did not know that the Rekal company put a transmitter in his head which placed him.[15]

@TSmith2020: After thinking about "We Can Remember it For You Wholesale" and "Jose Chung's "From Outer Space"" I think the stories have a conspiracy element about it. In both situations, the government is twisting the truth of what the person has experienced and how that person interpreted what they witnessed. The government is always listening and intruding into people's minds and activities (the listening device and the memories being stolen). The government (Interplan agents and the military) are in control and every participant are test subjects under their control. MarinChristina (talk) 21:32, 22 September 2019 (EDT)
@TSmith2020: I also talked about government trying to manipulate the public through erasing their memories. The concept of memory implants was new to me. I think with a combination of both, the government and anyone else who may know how to do the two procedures, would really be able to change who a person thinks they are in an instant. Yet, as long as there are people who remember who those people once were, then I think the procedure would eventually ware off. Do you think memories are erased forever, or like in the stories they can be regained?--Daisja30 (talk) 23:43, 22 September 2019 (EDT)
@Daisja30: I think depending on the procedure whether or not the memories stay or are gone forever. For example when you are about to get your wisdom teeth removed the anesthesiologist gives you the medicine to put you to sleep so you do not have a memory of the procedure. I think if a person is put in a trauma situation that they will eventually regain memories. An example of that scenario is how females have been coming out about being raped but the rape did not take place at the time they confront someone about it. I think that if the government was involved that they would do everything in their power to help memories come back.--TSmith2020 (talk) 02:10, 23 September 2019 (EDT)
@TSmith2020: Seriously, you must proofread and revise for clarity. Much of this is hard to follow. Please see my feedback that I will be updating through the day on 9/24/19. —Grlucas (talk) 11:01, 24 September 2019 (EDT)

September 28, 2019: Black Mirror "The Entire History of You" with the theme that Technology Can make us think too far

This week's viewing is Black Mirror’s episode “The Entire History of You[16] is a science fiction story that shows a realistic reality of what could happen if the technology becomes too advanced before it's time. Given the circumstances, we are at with technology I fear we will head this way. In the past, I have heard about things like Uber, and self-driving cars and look at us now we have other entities coming forward this could be good or bad. In this episode, there is a portion of the citizens that have a grain implant behind their ear that records everything they do and hear. The grain is a small pill-sized memory storage almost like a USB jump drive but only it never leaves your body unless you have it taken out. They also have a remote that allows them to playback memories and things they have done in the past.[17] Whether you like it or not we are being tracked by the government even though there is nothing implanted in us. That thing I am referring to is a smartphone. It keeps up with your location, facial identification, your interests, a camera to capture memories, and so much more.[17] This could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the perspective.

Reasons Why it is Worth it

There are some worthy reasons for thee kind of implant and surveillance tactics. One thing to consider is that the government would not have to waste taxpayer dollars on cameras because everyone would have one for the good of society. The government wouldn't have to find evidence for convicting someone or buy and install cameras when the public would be interested in purchasing them to allow them to control what they see.[17] Another great reason is to see if someone tries to get on a plane or train to escape where they committed a crime the travel security officer could require at checkpoints for playback of events that have happened in the past. Security screenings would have to watch entire weeks playback to see if anything comes up negative "you are innocent until proven guilty".[17] When people know that whatever they do will be recorded they would be afraid to commit a crime. The last reason is that they would be good for Crime prevention which means there is no need for lawyers.[17] In order to plead out of court you would have to playback to the time when the alleged event occurred.

Reasons Why it is Not Worth it

One reason it is not worth implementing is because of someone denying to conform to the new norm or they are ineligible to get it. Think about it we all know or have seen someone without a smartphone because they are used to their flip and dial pad phones. They feel as if technology has evolved too much for them to keep up with. The same thing happened in the episode where an actor admitted that she did not have a grain. A person is deemed to be an outcast if they choose not to have one.[17] Another reason they are harmful is that people become socially awkward. They become so fascinated with their past that they are not socializing and engaged with their future. In the episode, we saw that there becomes a disconnect from reality.[17] The final reason that makes it not worth getting a grain is that you don't have an off switch. That means you don't have the option to record or not record what you don't want to be seen by someone else or a bad situation again. In the episode, privacy is invaded because everything is recorded and nothing is excused.[17]

@TSmith2020: Intersting point of view in the post. I do feel that technology is advancing at a faster pace and that is becoming harder for some to pick up the skills to use such technology. Phones in themselves are now becoming smaller pocket sized mobile computers. I fear that technology is moving too fast that the world will soon be welcoming the use of robotic beings that roam just as well as us humans. I also fear that technology has become too much of a crutch for us it gives too much access to everything that nothing is private anymore and everyone seems to be overlooking this aspect. --D.Sams96 (talk) 13:13, 29 September 2019 (EDT)
@TSmith2020: This technology would certainly affect the criminal justice system, I agree. It's interesting to me that the writers for the show came up with a world where Grains exist and chose to focus on a relationship like they did, instead of a crime. -MorganAtMGA (talk) 20:12, 29 September 2019 (EDT)

September 28, 2019: Common Theme of When Technology Goes Too Far in both "The Entire History of You" & "The Girl Who Was Plugged In"

The common theme I have seen while watching and viewing this week's reading is how too much technology can be bad or harmful. It is scary enough at the rate we are advancing with technology and medicine that it is possible for what is seen in Black Mirror's episode called "The Entire History of You" with the concept of remotes to control your memory happen for those who want it in society.[18] The remote controlling in "The Entire History of You" is shown when Liam and most of the population could control how to look back at any memory that they desired by using an actual remote to scroll through whatever they wanted to remember.[18] While in "The Girl Who Was Plugged in", the remote control was P. Burke, who was controlling everything that Delphi did or said.[19] Both of these show how in the beginning, this new advanced technology sounds like a great idea and it would make their life better, but for both Liam and P. Burke, they realized that everything is not good as it seems to be. This is seen when Liam's obsessiveness drives him crazy, leading to him taking out his grain.[18] This is also seen when Delphi falls in love, and Paul tries to save her from what he thinks is "mind control" but ends up just killing the P. Burke and her version of Delphi. [19] There was at one point talk about microchipping everyone but there are disadvantages. Such as someone not being able to receive treatment because of a possible reaction. The FDA has stated that several risks for human microchipping include adverse tissue reactions, electrical hazards, and potentially most importantly “incompatibility” with strong-magnet medical equipment such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs).[20] Another important reason is when technology improves that the chip could move from where they were implanted causing yet another medical issue unless there is some kind of scanner made to detect them. If proper care is not taken of implanted chips, they are capable of migrating within the body.[20]

@TSmith2020: Technology is one of the common themes the two stories share. I think both of the main characters' dependence on technology helps them not want to accept realities in their own lives. P. Burke knows she is not like Delphi and she escapes her misery into a fraud of herself. How can she really say she was in love with Paul when she was living through Delphi? He was in love with Delphi but he was under the illusion that Delphi was a real person. Liam obsession with how his wife's characteristics is brought into paranoia because of technology. He didn't need technology to figure out that his wife is a bit closed off to him. All the clues were there, but he chose to not see them until he saw his wife engaging with Jonas at the house party. Advanced technology is a good idea for those who want to live through a virtual life. However, reality is the better option especially for P. Burke and Liam. MarinChristina (talk) 21:34, 29 September 2019 (EDT)
@TSmith2020: Generally strong. There are still some issues with references and readability. —Grlucas (talk) 11:42, 30 September 2019 (EDT)

October,06,2019: "Far Beyond the Stars"-Discrimination in SF

One of the main themes in w:Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s "w:Far Beyond the Stars"[21] that I caught was discrimination and racism when it came to what got published and how the cops treated Joseph Sisko. Lauren Smith stated, “at least their English-language versions – lack diversity, with the major problem being that white male authors and straight, white, predominantly male characters are favored”.[22] Joseph soon became Benny Russell in the episode writing great SF tales which wasn’t up to his supervisors’ standards.[21] Another thing he had going against him is that he was a black male and the police didn’t believe that he was a writer. The police rip it in front of his face to make his writing irrelevant and to make him feel lesser of a man. When his white colleague told him to make his tale a dream his supervisor considered getting it published when he told him to originally make his main character a white person instead of a black person. Not only did he want the tale rewritten to be published but he offered Benny at first twelve cents per word then decreased to four cents per word while his colleagues received significantly higher pay rates. Today Smith stated opened up and changed their guidelines saying, "We want our stories to represent the full diversity of speculative fiction, and encourage submissions by writers from underrepresented populations.[22] All of these things kept building up to the point where he got fired and hospitalized.

@TSmith2020: I caught the discrimination as well. I figured that there was discrimination with Science Fiction writers since it is like that in today's time as well. If it is not a white male writer that they will get discriminated against and it's sad that this still happens.TamiMarie(talk) 23:22, 6 October 2019 (EDT)

October,06,2019: Lack of Diversity in "Deep Space Nine" and "Bloodchild"

One of the similarities in this week works w:Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s "w:Far Beyond the Stars" and "w:Bloodchild" by Octavia was the issue of there being a lack of diversity. SF field of study seemed to be slated more for your average white male than any other race or ethnic group. It made it hard for blacks to explore the impossible with all of the racism and oppression that was against them. The average black, especially the ghetto black, is far too concerned with reality than to try to escape it.[23] Even as today goes by the number of black writers is proportionally different. While it is true that the number of black readers and writers of SF remain proportionately small compared with the number of whites, I argue that black engagement with the genre has been marked less by absence than by invisibility, that is, by a failure framed by popular prejudices, stereotypes, and social expectations embraced by both those within the genre and outside it to perceive that presence.[23]

Reasons there is a Lack of Black SF Readers

Russell notes that, "Gregory E. Rutledge cites several factors to explain the lack of black science fiction readers, among them:

  1. The genre’s penchant for presenting roseate futures in which race and ethnicity are no longer relevant.[23]
  2. The circumscribed nature of African American involvement in the arts
  3. Marketing concerns that white Americans would not be interested in reading about black characters
  4. Black antagonism toward the pernicious (and still immensely extant) science fiction of scientific racism, or, as Rutledge aptly puts it, “the history of fiction masquerading in the guise of science”
  5. Different attitudes toward science, objectivity, and rationality arising from “different modes of cultural practice and belief not amenable to a logical hermeneutic” between Western and diasporic Africans and other nonwesterners".

I think that all of these are valid reasons because there is always objectivity or a belief that makes a person bias towards the issue of integrating ideas out of the norm. I also think because of those prejudgements that African Americans stay away from what is not the norm for them. There's a saying that you don't go looking for what you don't want to find. Simply noting if African Americans have to struggle in the world they don't go into unchartered territory. Davin argues, “not that racist whites have actively barred entrance to the club but that blacks have decided not to join.” [24]

@TSmith2020: Your list is misattributed (it does not come from Rutledge) and plagiarized. Do you know why? Please revise both of these entries and let me know when you do. —Grlucas (talk) 09:43, 7 October 2019 (EDT)
@Grlucas: I did not understand why this post was plagiarized until I consulted the librarians. I was used to finding the original source and making sure it is cited. I now understand if I didn't go directly to that source I have to use the source I found the information in. The necessary changes have been made to correct the mistake.--TSmith2020 (talk) 16:53, 8 October 2019 (EDT)
@TSmith2020: You must indicate via quotation marks anything you copy verbatim. Your quotation here is still very confusing — you seem to have quotes within your quote. You also should use a real numbered list. A good rule is: only quote when you can’t possibly write it better, which is rarely the case. You would have been better to paraphrase here. —Grlucas (talk) 07:36, 15 October 2019 (EDT)

October, 13, 2019: Symbolism in "The Cold Equation"

One of the works we read this week is the short story "The Cold Equations"[25] by Tom Goodwin. This is a story about a stowaway by the name of Marilyn who boards the EDS to be reunited with her brother. Doing so she is unaware of the price she has to pay for her action of boarding the EDS. When reading this short story the is two prevalent symbols in the story. Those are the cold equation and Marilyn's cat there are more but these two stood out.

The Cold Equation

The thing in this story that determined a person's fate is the cold equation. The equation is the only thing that kept her from dying. She was trying to beat her death but it will catch up to you. The equation is equivalent to faith because all actions have consequences. There is always a cost with a person's action. Marilyn did not know her actions were of life or death staing "are you going to order them to come back after me?”[25] The equation say she must die because she broke a science or "operation law" because the EDS can only hold so much per the fuel it has. "She must die because the inescapable, chilly math of the situation demands it." [26] The EDS is only given just enough fuel to hold the passengers aboard to get to their destination.[25] With Marilyn's added weight there was not a way that the crew would be able to deliver the serum to save the rest of the men and save the other people aboard the EDS. It was an exchange of one life to save others. This short story was based around the cold equation to make sure that everything would run as planned, "to the laws of nature she was x, the unwanted factor in a cold equation." [25]

Marilyn's Replacement Cat

When Marilyn comes to the fact that it's time for her to stop running from her fate she starts reminiscing the memories that are not that important at the time but they are now. For example she remembers the memories of the time that her kitten was ran over, and how her brother comforted her telling her that her kitten just went to get a new coat and would be back at the foot of her bed.[25] Sure enough, her brother got her a replacement cat so she wouldn't know the actual fate of her cat. The replacement cat symbolizes Marilyn's refusal to accept her fate. When Barton gives her the news that he will have to kill her, she tries to come up with anything possible so that she can live and be reunited with her brother again.[25]

October, 13, 2019: Debrief of Themes Between "The Cold Equation" and Battlestar Galactica episode “33”

This week's works are Tom Goodwin’s “The Cold Equations” and the Battlestar Galactica episode “33”. There are two significant themes in the works. Those themes are morality and technology. We constantly fight life and fight to live at the same time. We also are inventing technology to help make life easier and processes smoother.


In both works from this week, there is an absence of morality between the characters. I also see that there is something of more importance than that of human life. If there wasn't Marilyn would have not had to sacrifice her life to be with her brother again.[25] The use of science or the "cold equation" is what forced the crew hand to let go of her. The cold equation is what determines one's fate and the crew came to the acceptance that she had to be let go. In the episode,“33” there seems to be a substantial meaning that they had to see it through to the end. I know that when things do not go right for me I sometimes get frustrated and feel like the world is against me. I feel like there is a weight holding my chest down to make life harder.


In both works, technology is used to make processes better and a life worth living. In both works, there are space crafts that are there to help with interplanetary travel. The technology advancement also helps make sure that the new civilizations are able to survive on other planets and sustain life. There is science and technology here to help advance the world in different aspects of life. Ashby said, "People do science not because it is easy, but because it is hard, and as Kennedy observed, “because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.” [27]The plot of the episode is built around cyclons and avoiding being attacked by them. The episode shows how advanced technology could try to overtake civilization. I believe technology can help and hinder humans from going on new areas that have never been explored. I think as long as technology advances and needs to be upgraded for better process it will push us to higher thinking. I also believe everyone has a role to play in the world and once there purpose has been served that there is no longer a need for them unless they have more to offer. I do not advocate for humans choosing each other's fate unless the means of the crime someone commits calls for it. There is a higher power for a reason and not for civilization to kill each other. In a cold universe, morality is based on science and how a person's wrongdoing needs to be justified.

@TSmith2020: Something else that we can take from the stories when comparing the technology is the ability for it to fail us or hinder us from making sure everything and everyone is safe. While new technology can really catapult humanity into higher places, it can also fail us and cause damage along the way. Maybe the damage is not more than that of the positive outcomes, but it still comes with some form of sacrifice. Tprouty93 (talk) 01:56, 14 October 2019 (EDT)
@TSmith2020: I find both stories to feature technology in a way that shows advancement, but also in a way that cautions us to remember our humanity which is what matters the most. -Atallent (talk) 11:49, 14 October 2019 (EDT)

October, 20, 2019:Parallel Universe in "Impossible Dreams"

This week's short story is "Impossible Dreams" written by Tim Pratt it is a science fiction story that shows how parallel universes could impact and show up as dreams. A w:parallel universe to Pete was an old movie shop that only appeared between a certain time of the day. In parallel universes a person could exist in one but not the other.[28] He did not understand at first because he is a movie fanatic and would have noticed the shop. The lettering on the door read “Impossible Dreams Video,” and the smudges on the glass suggested it had been in business for a while.[29] He had seen almost all of the movies around until he found this shop coming home from work. Pratt said," he reached the bakery, and the gift shop, but there was no door to Impossible Dreams Video between them—there was no between at all. The stores stood side by side, without even an alleyway dividing them".[30] Pete was all into movies and even had his own collection at home. Pratt said, "Pete believed in movies like other people believed in God, and he couldn’t understand how he’d overlooked a store just three blocks from his own apartment.[29] The cashier told Pete how her life was hard because the movie store had been running slow and that because people were buying movies online and by mail that practically no one was coming to the store in order to purchase the movies. Pratt said, "he got movies online and in the mail, too, but there was something to be said for the instant gratification of renting something from the store, without waiting for mail or download".[31] Pete had a theory that he developed that couldn't fully function until his experience in the Movie store. Pratt said, "last night he’d developed a theory, and everything he saw now supported it".[31] Although some scientist believes there is other life out there in the universe they have not found any conclusive evidence to support that statement. Lie Noggin said, "there is no proof that parallel universes exist".[28]

Acceptance of Cards

When Pete was trying to pay for movies in the short story the worker did not recognize the type of card he had. It appeared to her as if he was trying to give her a dummy card to get away with the movies, so he ran home to get the correct amount of money in bills. Pratt said, "the cashier questioned the Visa card Pete tried to hand her".[32] The cards at the time she could take was the Weber and FosterCard. Pratt said, "Pete stared at her, and took back the card she held out to him.[32] There are subtle differences that showed Pete that his dream was a reality. Pratt said, "he thought this store belonged to some parallel universe, a world much like his own, but with subtle changes, like different names for the major credit cards".[31]

October, 20, 2019: A Common Theme of Parallel Universes in “Impossible Dreams” and “The City on the Edge of Forever”

A common theme in both "Impossible Dream" by Pratt and Star Trek's episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" is the theme of traveling in between w:parallel universes. Scientist have speculated if there was a different type of human species or other human life on or in a different universe. Scientist believes that the Big Bang had a part in separating us from them. Marie-Laure said, "these alternate spaces develop as the result of irregularities in the stretching of space that has continually been taking place since the Big Bang".[33] The belief that people and things outgrow their time is due to the advancement of technology or lack thereof. Chew said, "our own history has seen plenty of civilizations go extinct while others have expanded to fill the void, and we are all built the same way".[34] When the two protagonists from this week's work went back in time to affect the future events and alter life as they knew it they understood the risk they were taking. When Pete, the protagonist from "Impossible Dream" found the movie store he met the clerk, Ally that existed in the same time period but a part of a different universe. He was trying to make an understanding of how and where the shop came from as it did not appear to be there before. In the short story, she did not accept his Visa credit card and thought that he had given her counterfeit money in plain sight. Captain Kirk the protagonist from Star Trek goes back in time to the year of 1936 to stop Doctor McCoy from ruining the future. To conclude we see how time impacts what happens from the past and the future. We also see that going into two different universes can have someone unfamiliar with their surroundings and that they do not exist in there universe.

December, 06, 2019: Reflective Essay

This class over SF was interesting and tough at the same time. It was interesting because I was told to watch episodes for some shows on Netflix and I have gotten hooked on some of the shows. I have started from season one on some shows and on others have only backtracked a couple of episodes to understand what was happening. I enjoyed a few of the reading works that were inputted into the class curriculum. I would also thank you for not having us pay for all of the works for the class. I enjoyed the Google drive as it helped minimize locating those resources. I have had trying times this semester when I didn't understand or unexpected things happened in my family. I thank you for being understanding about those situations. The class was tough to adjust to not having everything on D2L and having to learn Wiki coding. It was tough until I got the hang of it and met with you at a help session. I think that more help sessions would have been beneficial to more of my classmates in the class. I enjoyed the content in the class and my classmates as they were crucial to my success in this class.

Critiquing Articles

The article I chose to work on for our class project was The Entire History of You. The Entire History of You is the third and final episode of the first series of Black Mirror. I was content when I was able to select this article as it was already pretty solid, and I had some great enhancements for the article. When I started working on it was hard to find where the article was lacking content, so I then focused on finding resources I can add to the article. Once I gathered my resources, I added content to the article itself.

Summarizing My Contributions

When researching my episode, I found that most of the links that first popped up were already apart of the article. The areas I saw that needed improvements were the critical reception and the analysis. I added a critical reflecting site and subtopic of the grain, and character analysis. I thought the main two characters needed to be dissected as their emotions played a roll in the way they interacted with each other. I thought it would be good for others to see what I took from the episode about the two main characters.

Peer reviews

I had trouble finding my peer reviews once they were completed and a peer helped me locate them. The two classmates I peer-reviewed had solid content and accepted my criticism. I was given some pointers on exactly what to add because at that moment I had corrected all of the grammatical errors I found throughout the page. I took what they said needed work and improved on my article sections.


The feedback you provided along with my peers helped me make it through this course. Your email was helpful and when I was needing help immediately on an assignment my peers were right there for me. I also liked your help session as I received a lot of feedback from you to be successful in your class. I did not want to give up, so I appreciate everyone who helped me along the way. I enjoyed interacting with my peers just wish we were able to have an actual dialogue about what everyone thought about the works in one area. I received feedback from other users on Wikipedia along the class period to give me pointers on how to improve and what I did that was a mistake.

Wikipedia in General

Wikipedia is a great real-life contribution project, and I learned that it's easy as long as you have evidence for your statements. I had some trouble to begin within the class such as formatting and getting my sources to look the way they do on articles for my journal. I did not know there was an educational component to Wikipedia. I have always been told to stay away from Wikipedia when doing research.

I was surprised at how easy it was to create a page until I learned that I was being monitored and my first journal was deleted because of the content which led us to have to have our own server for the class. I would like to say that working on Wikipedia for a journal is more exciting than a discussion post on D2L because you get to focus on your page and only get memos when someone cites your username. I wish we could have completed the articles in groups so that we could learn from each other and see what our peers thought about the same piece of work. Wikipedia is used mostly for a brief overview of what someone wants to find information on. It’s great because others can fill in information where someone lacks knowledge. I like the platform because anyone can add info to articles but that’s what makes it somewhat untrustworthy.