Astropunk : Spacers, Settlers, Robots, Androids, and Cyborgs ... (oh, my!)
The example of Flash Gordon gave the pulp writers of the 1930's and 40's inspiration to create a certain type of fiction. We know it naow as
Fiction or Sci fi...
A particular school od S.F. that became very popular is often called
"Space opera"... Asimov, Heinlein, and others embraced it.
Now, in the world of the 21st century, Space opera is somewhat passe.
Yet, Astropunk could be called the "son' of Space opera.
Astropunk incorporates themes of the far future, high technology...yet, a way of life, and a nostiliga for the past... All this, coupled with
political commentary... This is astropunk, inLiterary
I nominate Steve Perry
and The Matadora Trilogy
as a prime
Space opera established the "motifs" that we now recognize in Science Fiction films... Spaceships, blasters, long range communications devices.
and the like...
Spacers and Settlers
Especially, in the fiction of Asimov, we see a marked demarcation between ( Frequent) space travellers and, planetbound Humans .
In Asimov's fiction, the Spacers were able to create their great society because robots
did the hard labor and menial tasks that man preformed
in the past.
Robots and Androids
As these robots were developed over time, Men created "Human form" robots. These we now popularlly call androids
Acknowledging the "Frankenstein syndrome", (out of control technology)
Asimov postulates The Three Laws of Robotics
1. a robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. a robot must obey orders given to it by a human being, except where such orders would conflict with the First law.
3. A robot must protect its own existance, as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law,
These 3 laws were programmed and incoded in an A.I. device, that
Asimiv named the positronic brain
You might recognize this term from Lt. Cmdr. Data
you might also recognize it from the recent Will Smith movie: I, Robot
,loosely based on the book by the same name from Asimov.
For and overview of the works of Asimov, I recommend the original
Robot Novel Trilogy
1. the Caves of Steel
2. The naked Sun
3. The Robots of Dawn
I also recommend....
The Foundation Trilogy
2. Foundation and Empire
3. Second Foundation
2 B Con't...