And Then There Was Nothing. Existentialism and Horror in Science Fiction Allison Monahan Author
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Essay from the year 2015 in the subject English - History of Literature, Eras, California State University, Fullerton, course: Science Fiction Literature, language: English, abstract: 'There is no traced-out path to lead man to his salvation; he must constantly invent his own path (Vasey).' With this freedom comes immense fear- fear of choices, of the consequences of those choices. Perhaps worse than this, is the thought of no consequence at all. Not because of proper decision-making or behavior, but simply because the consequence would be irrelevant. In the end, it mattered not what anyone did-it all just ends. Existentialist philosophy begs these kinds of questions; many of which play directly into the newly bled together works or horror and science fiction. 'Blood Music' by Greg Bear is a terrifying work of art that incorporates existentialist theory into its story to contemplate human existence, or the potential lack thereof, and the implications of a genre composed of both science or speculative fiction and horror.


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