I’ve lost a lot of interest in science fiction since returning to the church. Particularly shows like Fringe, and a lot of the Star Trek stuff. For some reason science fiction seems to believe that they must ignore God and religion. Perhaps that’s why it’s fiction? Some of it has to do with the fact that so many scientists feel as though they must ignore God and religion, or disregard it. I find it difficult to suspend belief and imagine worlds where fantastic stuff happens when it pretty much ignores the Gospels. And when it comes to ethics and morality in science fiction, it seems to be ignored in exchange for exploring fancy technology and gadgets that makes everything possible.
A short story by Orson Scott Card always sticks with me when it comes to the topic of clones and man ‘creating’ life. He wrote a story where man had the technology to ‘tape’ brain activity and memories, personality, etc. Then you could transfer that into a body that had been cloned and create a copy of the person. One man in particular abused that technology and would binge and gorge and live a gluttonous lifestyle. When his body became too fat or diseased or sickly he would come in and have his brain taped, and switched to a new body. Then he would go out and do it all over again.
Only, the man never considered what happened to his old ‘person’ in the fat/diseased body. The story follows one of these old clones as he’s made to slave in the hot sun and is tortured by an overseer on a farm. Eventually once that old clone lost all his weight and could function, he was sent to work in a nuclear reactor where he would die. But, it didn’t matter because he was ‘expendable’ as a clone.
That story has so much commentary and is very thought provoking on the subject of cloning. It takes all the shine and fancy technology aspect out of an issue that’s often shallowly treated by science fiction (particularly vehicles like star trek).
It’s science fiction/fantasy like that that I can get into. The flashy tv shallow plotline stuff I just can’t do any more.