Volume 4 (2021) – The Day that Coronavirus Stopped the Earth!

Vol. 4 (2021): The Day that Coronavirus Stopped the Earth!

What Do We Learn About Pandemics in Science Fiction Stories?

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For nearly two centuries science fiction authors have been playing around with an enormous variety of pandemic scenarios. While some stories focus on attempts to avert them, many explore their catastrophic consequences, or the plight of victims and survivors in-between, and the ways in which the most trivial daily routines and the simple facts of life we take for granted may be critically, perhaps permanently disrupted. From eerily prophetic accounts of origin and spread (Stephen Soderbergh’s Contagion) to post-apocalyptic tales of heart-wrenching loneliness (Francis Lawrence’s I Am Legend), SF stories anticipate the plight that humanity is facing during the COVID pandemic. This volume invites us to reflect on the lessons from science fiction stories, and how they help us illuminate philosophically our present times.

Published: 2021-06-01 (June 6, 2021)

Yearly Theme (Peer-Reviewed)

I Am Legend as Philosophy: Imagination in Times of Pandemic… A Mutation towards a “Second Reality”?

Rachad Elidrissi

<null> me <null>: Algorithmic Governmentality and the Notion of Subjectivity in Project Itoh’s Harmony

Fatemeh Savaedi and Maryam Alavi Nia

Learning from COVID-19: Virtue Ethics, Pandemics and Environmental Degradation: A case study reading of The Andromeda Strain (1971) and Contagion (2011)

Fiachra O’Brolcháin and Pat Brereton

General Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

“What is my purpose?” Artificial Sentience Having an Existential Crisis in Rick and Morty

Alexander Maxwell

Is Alex Redeemable? A Clockwork Orange as a Philosophical-Literary Platonic Fable

Jones Irwin

Book Reviews

Absent Rebels: Criticism and Network Power in 21st Century Dystopian Fiction. (Narr Francke Attempto, 2021)

Anna Campbell