Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation

You are looking at 1-11 of 11 items

  • Keywords: alien life x
Clear All Modify Search

View:

“Working in the Next Present” in Aurora and New York 2140

Robert Markley

in Kim Stanley Robinson

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042751
eISBN:
9780252051616
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042751.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The final chapter considers Robinson’s two most recent novels, Aurora (2015) and New York 2140 (2017), that offer different visions of the future. Aurora drives a stake through the heart of ... More


Unnatural Selection or the Best of Both Worlds?: The Legal and Regulatory Ramifications of the Discovery of Alien Life

Christopher J. Newman

in Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190915650
eISBN:
9780197506066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190915650.003.0016
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

This concluding chapter details the current state of space law and, in particular, the mechanisms that might be used to deal with the discovery of extraterrestrial life. The law in such discovery ... More


Ethical Standards

Karen Burnham

in Greg Egan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038419
eISBN:
9780252096297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038419.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Greg Egan's view of ethics, which can be seen from his earliest breakout story, “The Cutie” (1989). It looks at several facets of ethical concerns, including medical ethics as ... More


Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

Kelly C. Smith and Carlos Mariscal (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190915650
eISBN:
9780197506066
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190915650.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

This book focuses on the emerging scientific discipline of astrobiology, exploring the humanistic issues of this multidisciplinary field. To be sure, there are myriad scientific questions that ... More


Conclusion

Gary Westfahl

in William Gibson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037801
eISBN:
9780252095085
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037801.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This conclusion reflects on the reputation that William Gibson will likely enjoy in the future, based on his publications to date. Gibson has earned a permanent place in the history of science ... More


William Empson, Ants and Aliens

Katy Price

in Science in Modern Poetry: New Directions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318092
eISBN:
9781846317743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317743.008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the poems of William Empson in an attempt to add knowledge to what poetry can do for science in culture, and vice versa. Empson took inspiration from the world of entomology and ... More


For Exoplanets, Anything Is Possible

Sara Seager and Adolfo Plasencia

in Is the Universe a Hologram?: Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262036016
eISBN:
9780262339308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

Sara Seager, the pioneering astrophysicist, mathematician and planetary scientist reflects in this dialogue about how exoplanets, the purpose of her science, discovered her before she discovered ... More


Ethics and Extraterrestrials: What Obligations Will We Have to Extraterrestrial Life? What Obligations Will It Have to Us?

Adam Potthast

in Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190915650
eISBN:
9780197506066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190915650.003.0012
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

This chapter examines how classical ethical theory might apply to the kind of alien life humans are most likely to encounter: nonrational, nonsentient life. Humans are unlikely to have basic ethical ... More


Convergences in the Ethics of Space Exploration

Brian Patrick Green

in Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190915650
eISBN:
9780197506066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190915650.003.0011
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

This chapter outlines the ethical frameworks provided by some of the leading figures in the contemporary debate on space exploration, identifying resonances between their views and traditional ... More


Crucifictions

Laurence A. Rickels

in I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816666652
eISBN:
9781452946566
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s novels The World Jones Made and Counter-Clock World. The World Jones Made contemplates the unattended aberration that is ... More


On the Question: Are the Planets Inhabited?

Brendan Dooley (ed.)

in The Continued Exercise of Reason: Public Addresses by George Boole

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262535007
eISBN:
9780262345576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262535007.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter presents George Boole's lecture on whether the planets are inhabited. He first considers the general conditions to which life here has manifested; second, the adaptations of the earth as ... More


View: