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‘Transcendence’ featurette on transhumanism and artificial intelligence

2014 could be a great year for serious science fiction films. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes premiers July 18 in theaters nationwide, and even sooner than that Spring will see the release of Transcendence. Transcendence addresses transhumanism and artificial intelligence. Below is the film’s synopsis. Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost […]

Call for Papers – The Age of Lovecraft: Cosmic Horror, Posthumanism, and Popular Culture

Call for Proposals: The Age of Lovecraft: Cosmic Horror, Posthumanism, and Popular Culture Editors: Carl Sederholm (csederholm@byu.edu) and Jeffrey Weinstock (Jeffrey.Weinstock@cmich.edu) 250 word proposals are sought for chapter contributions to an edited scholarly collection on H. P. Lovecraft and his place in 21st century literature, film, media, and popular culture. This collection will consider the […]

Sarah Juliet Lauro – Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human

Zombie studies continues to see the addition of new academic analyses as a part of the broader area of horror studies. One of the most recent and valuable additions is Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human, edited by Deborah Christie and Sarah Juliet Lauro (Fordham University Press, 2011). From the back […]

Cyborg Singularity: Charting the Intersection of Humanity and Superintelligent Machines

It is common now to read all over the Internet about the overlap between science and science fiction, or how over time with developing technology that what was formerly science fiction has now become scientific reality. This may be the case in the future in regards to computers and artificial intelligence, or at least that’s […]

Zombies as Angelic Dark Side

Lately I have been doing a lot of reflection and research on the zombie in popular culture, and how it connects to both postmodern concepts of the body and the sacred. Among the materials I recently came across in this regard that has helped develop my thinking is the work of Gary Laderman, a scholar […]

Terminator Salvation: Franchise Rebooted

Last night I had the opportunity to watch the latest installment in the Terminator film franchise, Terminator Salvation. The comments that follow represent some of my reflections on the film which touch on aspects of the storyline that those who have not yet seen the film may wish to avoid. First, my overall impression. At […]

Mechademia: Anime, Manga and the Posthuman Future

Mechademia 3 Limits of the Human Frenchy Lunning, editor University of Minnesota Press | 288 pages | 61 b&w photos | 2008 ISBN 978-0-8166-5482-6 | paperback | $19.95 Mechademia Series, volume 3 Exploring the possibilities and perils of a posthuman future through visionary works of Japanese anime and manga Dramatic advances in genetics, cloning, robotics, […]

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