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This page lists books, movies, graphic novels, television shows, and other works that, while not included in the official class Reading list are still relevant to class themes. This list is being restored and updated for a second submission of the Wiki Archaeologist badge. --Jmicali13 18:35, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

Books

Title Author
1984 George Orwell
Animal Farm George Orwell
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk
The Feminine Mystique Betty Friedan
The Giver Lois Lowry
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
The Jungle Upton Sinclair
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
Harrison Bergeron Kurt Vonnegut
Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
The Time Machine H.G. Wells
Dune Frank Herbert
Stranger in a Strange Land
Robert A. Heinlein
Running With The Demon Terry Brooks
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand
Anthem Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
Pendragon D. J. MacHale
Blacksad Juan Diaz Canales


The Giver focuses on a civilization that does not know pain or strife as all people have become the "same". Upon graduation from state-mandated schooling, every person is assigned a job, from working as a birthmother to being a scientist in the laboratories. The main character Jonas is assigned a special job, known as "Receiver of Memory". This person holds all of the memories from times before the "sameness", such as color, love, and choices. He is allowed to break several rules of the community, such as lying to others and not taking the medicine that controls his hormones. His acquisition of these memories changes his outlook on his previous life greatly, and he sets out to change the world that he is currently trapped in.

Movies


Title Year
Star Wars 1977-2005
9 (2009 film) 2009
I, Robot 2004
North Country 2005
Eagle Eye 2008
The Matrix 1999
The Terminator 1984
WALL-E 2008
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
Equilibrium 2002
Bicentennial Man 1999
Artificial Intelligence: AI 2001
Visioneers 2008
Idiocracy 2006
12 Monkeys 1995
Metropolis 1927
V For Vendetta 2006
Source Code 2011


Many movies pertain to our class discussion as Science Fiction is an extremely common genre. One movie that relates very well with our class themes is Bicentennial Man. The main focus of this movie is the transformation of a robot servant into a hominid cyborg through replacement of his cybernetic parts. This connects with many of our class themes and readings. In Schismatrix, He, She and It, and The Winter Market there are characters who have some sort of robotic components to their structure. The question of whether these beings are "as human" as today's humanity is widely questioned. In Schismatrix many people have elongated their lives through the use of rejuvenation technologies, mechanical organs, and special "trainings" that allow them to perform superhuman acts. This is seen similarly in He, She and It as Yod is extremely human-looking, but is entirely robotic and computer controlled. The main question of the novel is presented as, "Is Yod human enough to be labeled as a person?" Throughout the novel he learns and grows, but the question remains unanswered. Lise of The Winter Market used an exoskeleton to stay alive and move around. This was seen as a stigma in the novel, as Case was put off by it when he first saw the grotesque machine attached to her back. Lise's technology kept her alive, though not in the same sense as the Mechanists in Schismatrix. Instead of elongating her life beyond the typical human lifetime, her exoskeleton merely made it so that she didn't die soon after being born.

Television Shows

Show Years Running
Battlestar Galactica 1978 to Present
Futurama 1999 to Present
Star Trek 1966 to Present
Stargate 1994 to Present
Firefly 2002
Dollhouse 2009-2010
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