Short Story Essay

Topics: Science fiction, Fiction, Short story Pages: 3 (1259 words) Published: May 28, 2014
Small-Minded Science Fiction

The characters in the science fiction genre are too small minded to see the big picture. These characters are unable to evaluate the consequences of their actions. The characters are also resistant to the warnings of others. As a result, their ignorance may not only have jeopardized their own life and freedom, but may also have jeopardized the lives and freedom of others.

Characters in the science fiction genre are unable to evaluate the consequences of their actions and as a result jeopardize their own lives and freedom or the lives and freedom of others. To begin, in the short story “Men are Different” by Alan Bloch, the Robot is unable to see that treating the man as he would a fellow robot could result in the mans death, and ultimately the end of mankind. In the story the Robot decides that the man needs to be fixed and attempts to see what is wrong with him: “… his thermostat circuits were shot… I turned him off without any trouble” (Bloch 1). The robot archeologist is here studying the last man in the system. When the man begins complaining of the heat the Robot assumes he can fix him by opening him up as he would do to another Robot. This shows that the Robot is unable to evaluate the consequences that may occur if he tries to fix this man. He is unable to see that he does not have the knowledge to fix a human and ultimately ends up killing the man, and ending mankind as a whole. Next, in the story “Random Sample” by T.P Caravan, the little girl could not see that by being mean and aggressive towards the aliens she could be putting her life, and the lives of others in jeopardy. The little girl is telling the psychologist about her encounter with the aliens when she explains, “Anyway, they paid a lot of attention to him, so I went over and punched him a couple of times. I’m afraid we broke up the insides of their spaceship a little” (Caravan 2). Here, the little girl is telling the doctor about how she interacted with...
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