Friday, May 21, 2010

Science Fiction Themes: A Case Study

Nebula- and Hugo-winning novels that I have reviewed so far and the themes they explore, arranged into a lovely chart.

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Lord John Whorfin said...

Excellent chart!

You pretty much have all the bases covered. Even snakes. My only addition would be "artificial intelligences" - not sure how many on your current list have them, though. At least A Fire Upon the Deep. And Neuromancer when you get around to that one.

Also, I think you can probably add A Fire Upon the Deep in the "Genetic Modification" column - -- were'nt those guys on the surfboards all sort of programmed from the start?

Cthulhu, Destroyer of Worlds said...

That's a good question about those tree guys on surfboards, little itty bitty buddy. I don't know if they were genetically modified so much as given machinery to enhance their long-term memories. I'm going to need to check back on that one for the next chart update.

Excellent point about the artificial intelligences. Neuromancer is indeed coming soon...

Eve's Apple said...

A Destroyer of Worlds who ALSO makes lovely charts! Delightful and practical!

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