John J. Adams – Selection from „Brave New Worlds”(I)

Versiunea Kindle (am renunțat la traducerea textului din engleză din două motive: 1. nu cred că traducerile mele sunt chiar atât de bune și 2. rostul acestui blog este de a revenit la anumite lecturi, de a-mi reaminti anumite lecturi. Și poate atunci când voi reveni la aceste mici texte voi ști mai bine engleza). Este vorba de un text de 151 de pagini pe care l-am descărcat de pe Amazon. Poate și pentru că mi-a plăcut mult cartea lui Huxley = Brave New World

brawenewworld*”The roots of the word dystopia—dys-and -topia—are from the Ancient Greek for “bad” and “place,” and so we use the term to describe an unfavorable society in which to live. “Dystopia” is not a synonym for “post-apocalyptic”; it also is not a synonym for a bleak, or darkly imagined future. In a dystopian story, society itself is typically the antagonist; it is society that is actively working against the protagonist’s aims and desires. This oppression frequently is enacted by a totalitarian or authoritarian government, resulting in the loss of civil liberties and untenable living conditions, caused by any number of circumstances, such as world overpopulation, laws controlling a person’s sexual or reproductive freedom, and living under constant surveillance.”(pag.6)

*” Many societies in fiction are depicted as utopias when in fact they are dystopias; like angels and demons, the two are sides of the same coin. This seemingly paradoxical situation can arise because, in a dystopia, the society often gives up A in exchange for B, but the benefit of B blinds the society to the loss of A; it is often not until many years later that the loss of A is truly felt, and the citizens come to realize that the world they once thought acceptable (or even ideal) is not the world they thought it was. That’s part of what is so compelling—and insidious—about dystopian fiction: the idea that you could be living in a dystopia and not even knowit.” (pag.7)

*”And so here are thirty-three such stories, representing the best of what dystopian fiction has to offer. So read them, and be glad that doing so won’t bring firemen to your door to burn all your books—and your house with them.”(pag.7)

CarrieVaughnAMARYLLIS – by Carrie Vaughn

„«Amaryllis» gives us a world that, compared to some dystopias, feels downright wholesome. No one is tortured; no one lives under scrutiny; no one is executed. But the characters are caught in a society that has taken away their reproductive control. For most of us, that’s a pretty basic human right.”(pag.8)

 

CoryDoctorowTHE THINGS THAT MAKE ME WEAK AND STRANGE GET ENGINEERED AWAY – by Cory Doctorow

„Big Brother is watching you.
When George Orwell wrote those words in 1949, the notion of a surveillance state was the stuff of absolute science fiction. Today, in an era of security cameras, wire taps and radio-frequency ID tags, surveillance is constant, and privacy a privilege. If no one is watching you, it’s not because they can’t—it’s simply because so far, no one has decided it’s worthwhile.
But in the future Cory Doctorow describes in our next story, someone has decided to watch everyone, all the time, every day. Just think a moment about what your daily life is like. Have you ever run a red light? Have you stayed parked longer than the meter would allow? Have you
ever rounded down on your taxes? Here is a world where the minor infractions get noticed. Here is a world where everyone is going to get caught sometime and everyone is some kind of criminal. Forget Big Brother. In this dystopian surveillance state, the watchers are more like the Godfather and his dons.”(pag.22)

„By the time it was all over, it all felt a little…ordinary. But in a good way, Ordinary was good. It had been a long time since he’d felt ordinary. Order, ordinary. They went together. He needed ordinary.”(pag.28)

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