Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man: Finding C. S. Lewis in Sci-Fi Film and Television

Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man: Finding C. S. Lewis in Sci-Fi Film and Television

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Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man: Finding C. S. Lewis in Sci-Fi Film and Television by Mark J. Boone, Kevin C. Neece, Brian Godawa

The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis's masterpiece in ethics and the philosophy of science, warns of the danger of combining modern moral skepticism with the technological pursuit of human desires. The end result is the final destruction of human nature. From Brave New World to Star Trek, from steampunk to starships, science fiction film has considered from nearly every conceivable angle the same nexus of morality, technology, and humanity of which C. S. Lewis wrote. As a result, science fiction film has unintentionally given us stunning depictions of Lewis's terrifying vision of the future. In Science Fiction Film and the Abolition of Man, scholars of religion, philosophy, literature, and film explore the connections between sci-fi film and the three parts of Lewis's book: how sci-fi portrays "Men without Chests" incapable of responding properly to moral good, how it teaches the Tao or "The Way," and how it portrays "The Abolition of Man."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498232357
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 12/13/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mark J. Boone is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Forman Christian College. He is the author of The Conversion and Therapy of Desire: Augustine's Theology of Desire in the Cassiciacum Dialogues (Pickwick, 2016).   Kevin C. Neece is a speaker on media, the arts, and pop culture from a Christian worldview perspective. He is the author of The Gospel according to Star Trek (Cascade, 2016).

Table of Contents

Foreword Brian Godawa xi

List of Contributors xix

1 Introduction: Finding C. S. Lewis in Science Fiction Film and Television Mark J. Boone 1

Part 1 Men without Chests

2 Monster in the Mirror: The Problem with Technology is the Problem with Us Mark Eckel 25

3 Vulcans without Chests: Spiritual Disorders Portrayed in Star Trek Lewis Pearson 39

4 To Seek Out New Virtue: Lewis, the Tao, and the Prime Directive Deanna Smid 56

5 Between the Good and the Evil Samaritan: Person of Interest in Light of C. S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man Artur Skweres 73

6 "You Have Nowhere to Go": Alienated Communication and Social Control in THX 1138 James Driscoll 87

7 A Vision of Transcendence: Monstrous Intelligence and Loving Understanding Wm. Travis Coblentz 104

8 The Failure of Men without Chests in Blade Runner Mark D. Sadler 121

Part 2 The Way

9 Technology and the Emotional Spectrum in Green Lantern: The Animated Series Scott Shiffer 137

10 The Tree Before the Branches: Virtue and Rebellion in Contemporary Science Fiction Thomas Britt 148

11 Beauty in Rust: Steampunk Distinctives in Shane Acker's 9 Jaclyn Young Parrish 162

12 Reclaiming Virtue and (Post)Humanity in Moon Linda Wight 178

13 Terraforming the Human Soul: Star Trek's Genesis Device and the Ethical Cultivation of Creation Kevin C. Neece 192

Part 3 The Abolition of Man

14 A Prison of Our Own Making Thomas Veale 209

15 The Dangers of the Materialist Magician Louis Markos 228

16 The Abolition of Risk: C. S. Lewis in the The island and Gattuea Janelle L. Aijian 237

17 Technoctatic Death Denial as Disavowal of Life: Lessons from Brave New World and The Abolition of Man Mike Alvarez 251

18 Never Let Me Go and The Abolition of Man Christina Schneider 264

19 The Oppression of a Young Healthy Body in Logan's Run and The Clonus Horror Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns Canela Ailen Rodriguez Fontao Juan ignacio Juvé 277

20 Does Forgiveness Just Happen?: Eternal Sunshine, of the Spotless Mind and Lewis's "Last Step" Nathan Gilmour 294

21 "Flawed, Weak, Organic": Star Trek's Borg and the Abolition of Man Geoffrey Reiter 307

A Very Short Appendix of Recommended Reading 327

Index of films and directors 331

General index 333

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