Category Archives: Literature

Christ in Orwell’s 1984

The novel 1984 by George Orwell describes a utopia in which Winston Smith and his fellow rebel, Julia, are comrades. Though there is no god in Oceania, multiple parallels to Christianity exist in the story. The people learn to doublethink … Continue reading

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Saved by Demons

The short story “any major dude” by Paul Di Filippo plays with the term “Maxwell’s Demons” and connotations associated with the words.  The story plays on both scientific and religious references similar to demon-creator, James Clerk Maxwell, and it institutes … Continue reading

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Sounding the Call

Kamau Brathwaite, an author from the mid-20th century, is notable for his contributions in poetry. He is a forerunner in using Creole as a viable language and relates much of his poetry to travels, exiles, and returns. He has written … Continue reading

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Middlemen of Apocalypse

In both “The Cold Equations” by Tom Godwin and “The Minority Report” by Philip Dick, an apocalypse is created which is controlled by middlemen who kill to prevent death to the masses while destroying free will. In both short stories, … Continue reading

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Dead Eyes of Utopia

“Pop Squad” by Paolo Bacigalupi describes a world in which people have eternal life but where childbearing is unlawful.  Two mothers in the story tell the main character, pop squad policeman, that he has dead eyes.  The man becomes habituated … Continue reading

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