Going Inward: Science Fiction and Human Enhancement

  • Russell Blackford
Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)


The scientific picture of the world suggests that human beings are, themselves, mutable through one or another kind of technological intervention. Accordingly, science fiction writers have created stories about deliberate alterations to the human form and human capacities. One popular theme is that of life extension or even physical immortality. Immortality and greatly enhanced abilities are often presented in science fiction as if they would be more curses than blessings, and there is an understandable fear that they could lead to social alienation, social rejection, and other unwanted consequences. Nonetheless, some SF writers have created worlds peopled by greatly enhanced humans (and perhaps also a diversity of Intelligent Others). Even if such worlds might be workable, of course, there are questions about to get there from here without going through a period of damaging social conflict. These themes have exercised the imaginations of many authors involved in the SF field.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell Blackford
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  1. 1.School of Humanities and Social ScienceUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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