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Old March 9 2009, 09:09 PM   #194
Admiral Buzzkill
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Re: Battlestar Galactica 4x18: "Islanded in a Stream of Stars"

Myasishchev wrote: View Post
BSG asks the big question "What would beings with artificial intelligence, downloadable memories, and functional immortality be like?" and the answer is "Whiney losers like the rest of us."

Which is as good an answer to a silly question like that as you're likely to get.

Was a time, decades ago, when the editors of pulp science fiction magazines encouraged their readers to view all of those stories about spaceships and robots and so on as daring exercises in Deep Thought - "the literature of ideas!" was a phrase that I believe John W. Campbell was fond of. It was left to honest critics and writers in the genre to point out that ninety-nine percent of the time the "big thought experiments" were trivia on the level of "what if a robot were programmed to think it was a girl?"

Fandom has never really let go of those conceits, at least in part because the subculture has never gotten past the sense of inferiority about the genre that motivated those original, strident clarion calls by the likes of Campbell. Writers and fans of murder mysteries have never been looked at cross-wise for their passion, and it's probably not a coincidence that neither have they ever constructed quite the Grand Unification Theory of Importance about it that we have.
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