GRANTA 142: ANIMALIA

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animal (noun): ‘Any such living organism other than a human being’

human being (noun): ‘A man, woman, or child of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from other animals by superior mental development, power of articulate speech, and upright stance’

LOLcat (noun): ‘A photograph of a cat accompanied by a humorous caption written typically in a misspelled and grammatically incorrect version of English’

“Animals are rarely part of science fiction, but we live in the future now, and animals are still with us. What effect will the age of robotics have on our relationship with them? Will we still breed animals for food and for experimental purposes? Will we genetically enhance our pets? Will robots of the future be animal-based, if the inventors (and investors) can get past the ethics committees? Will we see hybrid machine life, gene-edited lambs singing in Alzheimer care homes, purring kittens kneading preset patterns on human laps, beautiful nightingales and hummingbirds switched on and off at will? We don’t know – but we do know this: we are transcending animalia.” – Introduction by Sigrid Rausing, Editor.

Product details
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Granta Magazine (8 Feb. 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1909889121
ISBN-13: 978-1909889125
Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.5 x 20.8 cm


 

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