Article ID: CBB723467585

Science Fiction as Critique of Science: Organ Transplantation and the Body (2016)


Chozinski, Brittany Anne (Author)

Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Volume: 36
Issue: 1
Pages: 58-66

Publication Date: 2016
Edition Details: Special Issue: Science and Science Fiction - Volume II: Subjectivities
Language: English

Science fiction is often used as a tool with which to think about actual science. While often this is depicted in terms of imaginary future potential, science fiction has also shown itself to be a poignant critique of existing science and a means of exploring our collective anxieties regarding the continued logic of current scientific development. This article explores the science fiction of organ transplantation, as mapped against scientific and medicolegal developments in actual organ transplantation. Explored through the lens of Adorno’s work on cultural criticism, it is argued that science fiction serves as a tool with which we address (and critique) the ethical boundaries (and fears, often colonial in nature) of actual organ transplantation. Science fiction works such as Larry Niven’s Known Space Universe and Repo! The Genetic Opera are examined, demonstrating that in critiquing the science of organ transplantation, fictionists ultimately come to examine changing cultural understandings of selfhood and embodiment.

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Authors & Contributors
Olivia Belton
Finn, Ed
Hungerford, Amy
Eschrich, Joey
Kate Devlin
Sadowski, Jathan
Victorian Studies
Seventeenth Century
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Oxford University Press
University of Houston
University of Florida
University of Chicago Press
Greenwood Press
Bowling Green State Univ. Popular Press
Science fiction
Feminist analysis
Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge
Technology and society
Lysenko, Trofim Denisovich
London, Jack
Lasswitz, Kurd
Goldsmith, Oliver
Dominik, Hans
Abbott, Edwin Abbott
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, late
18th century
17th century
British Isles
United States

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