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The science fiction movie Logan's Run is an important expression of our society's central myth. It depicts a future humanity sealed off from the world in a high-tech city that is modeled after a mall and a giant singles complex, and governed by a dictator-computer. Among other things, the movie is about our fear that we are being infantilized by technology and turned into a society of techno-narcissists who substitute a fake life of superficial pleasures for an authentic existence. It depicts those in power as manipulating us into regressing into this artificial world of trivial pursuits because it is in their interest to do so.
20. The Tolkien Reader by J. R. R. Tolkien
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By John Klima -- Library Journal, 03/04/2010 Steampunk is everywhere, from movies like Sherlock Holmes and Howl’s Moving Castle to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and an art exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, England. A subgenre of science fiction, it typically (but not always) employs a Victorian setting where steam power and advanced technologies like computers coexist and often features themes, such as secret societies, found in mystery novels. A little background: The subgenre has its origins in the 1980s with writers such as Tim Powers, James Blaylock, and K.W. Jeter, who crafted novels in Victorian settings using many of the conventions of 19th-century writers like H.G.
I’ve seen a meme bouncing around that reveals reasons why you shouldn’t ever date a writer . It’s true, to a point. But I think it goes even deeper than that. Frankly, you should probably get the hell away from us. Anybody.