Cloning and Immortality as it pertains to Science Fiction

I have always been quite intrigued by the idea of cloning and immortality as it pertains to Science Fiction. The possibility of cloning humans by transplanting the nucleus of a somatic cell from a donor into an ovum which can then be replaced in a host womb has always attracted my attention.  As a more in depth analysis, cloning through the use of science fiction is done more as process to class individuals from birth so as to program them to think and operate a certain way and never deviate from this type of programmed thinking.  This is evident in the SF novel Brave New World. Within the context of the novel, babies are manufactured/created through a caste system. Some babies are taught from birth to run wild and naked and to be promiscuous with whoever they may come across. Others are placed on a mat which can electrocute them if they try to touch or reach for a flower or a plant that seems appealing to them.  By doing this, they are programmed from pretty early to think that plants and flowers and other things surrounding them are bad. Immortality being the second part of my proposal I endeavor to uncover some mysteries about it as pertains to Science Fiction. Immortality is a popular subject in science fiction, as it explores humanity’s deep- seated fears and comprehension of its own mortality. Immortal beings and species abound in fiction, especially fantasy fiction and the meaning of “immortal” tends to vary. Some fictional beings are completely immortal (or very nearly so) in that they are immune to death by injury, disease and age. Sometimes such powerful immortals can only be killed by each other, as is the case with the Q from the Star Trek series. Even if something can’t be killed, a common plot device involves putting an immortal being into a slumber or limbo, as is done with Morgoth in J. R. R. Tolkiens The Silmarillion and the Dreaming God of the Pathways to Darkness. Storytellers often make it a point to give weaknesses to even the most indestructible of beings. For instance, Superman is supposed to be invulnerable, yet his enemies were able to exploit his now-infamous weakness: Kryptonite. Immortality can be derived in many different forms, but the one aspect that it is most commonly evident with is Religion. For example, (2) two of the world’s most popular and recognizable religions are, Christianity and Islam, Both of which believes in eternal life or life after death with extreme varying views and ideologies. Within the context of Christianity, eternal life comes in two different forms. If a person live a holy life, is born again and follows the teachings of Jesus, he or she can enter into the Kingdom of Heaven walk the streets of gold and forever live a life free of pain and sorrow. Whereas one can also live a life that is completely null and void of what it takes to get into heaven but rather goes to hell where they will be succumb to the demise of burning forever and not dying.

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