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p. 856. The futurelocked

  • Robert Eaglestone

Abstract

The image of the future in contemporary fiction is inseparable from ideas about the impact of technology: expressions of hope or despair about that future are measured through the figure of the child. It is technology that allows us history, as a recorded past, and so a present and a future. According to ‘The future’, to think about technology is to think about the very core of what we, as a species, are. As we change technology, we change ourselves. Contemporary fiction ‘thinks’ about technology in different ways each of which has a different use of the idea of the child, the inchoate figure of future hope or despair.

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