science fiction

Film

Melancholia

Written and directed by Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier has been churning out grim tales of human frailty and moral depravity for almost 20 years. His latest is a disturbing tale of personal pain juxtaposed with an eerie end-of-the-world story.

Books

Christian juxtapositions: How We Became Posthuman

There is a good chance that you are a cyborg. A cyborg is a cybernated organism—which is anyone whose normal biological systems are en­hanced or extended by technological mechanisms, especially electronic and communication devices. The word "cybernetics" comes from the Greek word for "steersman" (kubernetes) and describes one who is in control, who is both flexible and agile in response to a given environment and who can tame it to certain ends. To the extent that we exercise such control through technological devices, our lives have become cybernated. If you have a hearing aid, a pacemaker or an artificial limb, if you use a computer or telephone or drive a car, you are a cyborg.

Film

Another Earth

Directed by Mike Cahill

Another Earth, a Sundance darling that has gained attention by word of mouth, follows the latest cinematic trend by combining two genres into one mysterious, if uneven, film.