Inertia drive allowed for the space vessels to go "Free" & thereby move without speed or motion. The Lensman series created a sometimes dated but always fascinating tale that displayed a storyline focused on a chosen line of genetically manipulated progeny who become heroes by proxy in the ultimate struggle of good v. evil. Arisa versus Enddore since the dawn of time have both intervened in the histories of countless worlds. But with mankind the stage is set for climactic battles that link the chosen Lensmen to technological & scientific advancements enabling their defense of the galaxy against eternal
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Forbidden Planet star was the embodiment of Asimov's Laws of Robotics & the "Positronic Brain. Before Hal 9000, Star Trek's Dr. Daestrom computer or sentient android Data; there was Robby...Robot for the ages....eclipsed only by Asimov's [Robots of Dawn] versions including the Bi-Centennial Man who gave up immortality to become human for love's sake... Bradbury also addressed this in "I Sing, the Body Electric" or was that P.K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
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Prolific in its vision, Foundation has given us a predecessor to the Age of Information. There can be no greater leverage then the knowledge of future history. There can also be no more poignant danger than antagonists who which to subvert that destiny in an effort to alter history and the balance of power for galactic empire.
Along with "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" this seminal scifi creation not only alludes to human nature to become separated from accountability of actions but also addresses what happens when near omnipotence gives way to the madness of power divorced from morality. Outward invisibility is balanced with internal visibility of the Id's monstrous corruption [i.e. Picture of Dorian Gray]...Today's version of this could be the Nuclear "Mad Theory of Deterrence" giving way to the "New World Order' driven by U.S. Stealth Technology.
See the full review, "Knock, Knock, Who's There?".
Michael Creighton's epic tale revealed the gravity of human technological deceit & scientific vanity. The attempted manipulation of an alien virus for use as a biological weapon threatens Humanity with extinction. Master the bug or it will master you...
From "The Quiet Earth" invention & use of this grid harnesses a new-found energy unknown to physics [aka 'Dark Energy']. When the field is actuated Earth itself is transported into a trans-dimensional journey outside the known universe...This is called "The Effect"
Ray Bradbury's haunting tale [reminiscent of "Sailing to Byzantium] is a precursor for altered states of reality & the question of what it means to exist in muliple dimensional planes. Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five" is yet another fine example for the power of slipping and becoming "un-stuck in time"
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2001: Space Odessey-Appearance & Discovery of the mysterious Obelisk reveals the origin & the future of Homo-Erectus. It also foreshadows humanity's entrance into the cosmic community hallmarked by the eventual conversion of Jupiter from a failed-sun Gas-giant to the partner of Sol as the twin centers of this solar system''s binary star combo....
Ever since "Pinocchio" the concept of the non-human creation surpassing its creator to become 'human or more than human' remains a truth seen in every cyborg, android, robot, artificial intelligence scenario. Hence, the immortality we seek is always confronted by our journey to define what exactly does it mean to be human anyway...Asimov search & discovery of "The Positronic Brain" is indicative & seminal of this search.
The satirical invention of the "Probability Drive" allowed for the inclusion of a multi-dimensional, multiple universe model of existence. It also allowed for the use of Quantum physics Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle as a driving theory for the mechanics of bodies in motion.