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"In this highly original book, Russell Blackford discusses the intersection of science fiction and humanity's moral imagination. With the rise of science and technology in the 19th century, and our continually improving understanding of the cosmos, writers and thinkers soon began to imagine futures greatly different from the present. Science fiction was born out of the realization that future technoscientific advances could dramatically change the world. Along with the developments described in modern science fiction - space societies, conscious machines, and upgraded human bodies, to name but a few - come a new set of ethical challenges and new forms of ethics. Blackford identifies these issues and their reflection in science fiction. His fascinating book will appeal to anyone with an interest in philosophy or science fiction, or in how they interact."--Back cover.

Title Science fiction and the moral imagination : visions, minds, ethics / Russell Blackford.
Publisher Cham, Switzerland : Springer
Creation Date 2017
Content 1. Introduction: Science and the Rise of Science Fiction -- 2. Science Fiction: A Short History of a Literary Genre -- 3. Morality, Science Fiction, and Enabling Form -- 4. Future and Alien Moralities -- 5. Technophiles, Technophobes, and Renegades -- 6. Aliens, Robots, Mutants, and Others -- 7. Going Inward: Science Fiction and Human Enhancement -- 8. Conclusion: Great Power and Great Responsibility.
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Science and fiction, 2197-1188
Format xi, 204 pages
23 cm.
Language English
Copyright Date ©2017
Identifier ISBN3319616838
System Number 990044066680205171

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