[extropy-chat] Re: The hazards of writing fiction about post-humans
mlorrey at yahoo.com
Tue May 3 20:24:07 UTC 2005
--- Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> Of course this is not the emotionality of a Jane Austen or even a Don
> De Lillo novel, but I find it extraordinary to see such characters
> dismissed as "soulless automatons without a shred of humanity".
Individuals who see personality as those characteristics which we find
unextropic (self pity, modesty, inner doubt, etc) due to a pessimistic
view of humanity are generally going to see your characters thus no
matter what you do, though the Marvin the Robot from Hitchhikers Guide
might be a good approach: a pessimistic, fallen god-like character
would likely find much sympathy from such reviewers if you slathered on
enough angst and turmoil and melodramatic queenishness.
Vice-Chair, 2nd District, Libertarian Party of NH
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
-William Pitt (1759-1806)
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