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“MAN, THE FLOWER OF ALL FLESH, THE NOBLEST OF ALL
CREATURES VISIBLE … ”
1. Man: the crown of creation?
2. The Machine Stops, p. 151
HAMLET, ACT 2 SCENE 2.
3. What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In
form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel, in
apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals.
And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?
4. Human exceptionalism in “The Machine Stops”:
5. “Beautiful naked man was dying, strangled in the garments he had woven…
heavenly at first, shot with the colors of culture… heavenly it had been so long as
it was a garment, no more, so long as man could shed it at will and live by the
essence that is his soul, and the essence, equally divine, that is his body.”
OH, TOMORROW – SOME FOOL WILL START THE MACHINE AGAIN,
6. “Never,” said Kuno, “never.” Humanity has learned its lesson.”
HAS HUMANITY AS A WHOLE EVER LEARNED A LESSON?
7. Has humanity ever learned a lesson from technology? What are our arguments for
‘LA SCIENCE’ – ‘LE SCIENCE FICTION’? ‘FICTION’ IS MASCULINE IN
8. The covers of early science fiction magazines give us another set of ideas about
masculinity and science fiction
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THESE MEN?
9. John w. Campell’s story, “Night” is a story about Men, and about ‘man’ and
science, adventure through rocket technology, and a strange journey. The story
focusses, as we discussed, on the end of the universe via heat death, but it also
focusses on masculinity in the 1930s.
“MEN AREN’T MEANT TO – IT’S WRONG – WRONG – “
10. What does Major Condon mean? Why does he say this?
GAZILLIONS OF YEARS INTO THE FUTURE, A VISION OF THE GALAXY –
MAYBE ALL OF THEM – DYING. ORGANIC LIFE IS OVER.
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