Ten Worst Mass Exterminations in Science FictionIt’s troubling how often sci-fi Superior Beings... lofty & large-brained, detached & dispassionate... engage in mass murder. These Sheldon Cooperish super-rational minds, these scientific geniuses, sometimes with great intentions and well thought out justifications, seem to find it necessary to exterminate a sizable portion of the human race... eliminate all those inferior superstitious childlike barbarians.
One sci-fi writer described these Superior Beings: “their massive brains ballooning upward turning up their faces lifting their gaze to the horizon, their slender flaccid necks now able to support their huge hairless heads, puny withered bodies barely touch the ground, drift upward aside white gleaming towers, excelsior above mountain peaks, rise up and up to the pale dead moon, to their rightful place, rocket toward stars, now lost in cold black dead limitless space.”
When you see them, run!
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Pierre Boulle, who also wrote The Bridge over the River Kwai, gave us an extraordinary parable about alleged superiors oppressing alleged inferiors. Apes are used as slaves by corrupted humans until the apes revolt and kill humans en masse. A remnant of mankind is pushed into the wild where they devolve into beasts. These bestial humans are in turn brutalized by the apes.
Akira is a dystopian movie which deals with a world desolated by nuclear war. The film is an example of the cyberpunk style, which combines elements of film noir with science fiction. Featured are street gangs, a secret government lab, psychic powers, and guerilla attacks. So much fiction, both within and outside the science fiction genre, is concerned with World War I and its aftermath. Think of The Road, On the Beach, and A Canticle for Leibowitz.
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