Science Fiction and Visions of the Future.

During some research into dystopian literature and fiction, I found some connections between them all. The themes ofa bleak future are what makes the fiction dystopian, but a lot of what was pictured by great novelists such as George Orwell and Aldous Huxley is eerily accurate. What they envisioned went against the pristine,prosperous future of most science fiction of the time and instead portrayed societies in which corruption and oppression reign supreme. In contrast to modern dystopian science fiction, in which it is the landscape and humanity as a race that has crumbled, it is instead human morality that has decayed and left us without hope.

The visual connection that these fictions share is the imagery of the human eye. In the case of George Orwells 1984 (1949) the eye imagery is an obvious reference to the watchful eye of ‘Big Brother’, but I believe the recurring theme of the eye is in relevance to the protagonists opening their eyes to the corruption and the decay and deciding to go against it. In Aldous Huxleys A Brave New World (1932), humanities freedom is taken away from them and humans are conditioned to believe what they are told to believe. A ‘perfect’ world has been created and everyone is happy through ignorance. Babies are grown, not born, and families are considered unnecessary. Everything works like clockwork and would seem like a utopia, but at the cost of freedom and emotion. The eye in this instance represents the waking up to reality that characters under go throughout this novel.

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Reflection – I feel that upon researching old science fiction and dystopian visions of great authors, I have found  a clearer direction on which to head. Instead of the relationship between man and machine which was my original idea, I intend now to focus on the degradation and decay of civilisation and how everything around us in slowly falling apart without us actually seeing it. That is where the macro comes into it, to show the details we otherwise miss.

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