Sherryl Vint. Bodies of Tomorrow: Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction (Book Review) By Utopian Studies

Sherryl Vint. Bodies of Tomorrow: Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction (Book Review)

By Utopian Studies

  • Release Date: 2010-01-01
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality

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Sherryl Vint. Bodies of Tomorrow: Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008. 304 pp. Cloth, 32 [pounds sterling]. ISBN: 9780802090522. With the recent rise of biological, chemical, and cybernetic emendations to the image of what it is to be human, workers and thinkers in several fields see that image as ripe for a major overhaul. To stages known to cultural criticism as postmodern, poststructuralist, postcolonial, and late (not yet post-) capitalist, they add the possibility if not probability of the posthuman. The traditional integrity of both body and mind is under attack, in practice not just philosophical speculation, and prophets and critics predictably forecast both utopian and dystopian consequences. Since the creation of artificial life and intelligence, as well as nonhuman creatures of biological, exobiological, and synthetic origin, is perennially a province of fiction, it should be no surprise that serious science fiction writers engage them in novels and stories.