District 9 Response
District 9 was a heartwarming movie, about a human sacrificing his own life to save a whole alien race. There are similarity related to caves of steel. The action of acceptance is showed quite clearly. At the end of the novel in caves of steel, barely accepted Danieel as a friend. The action he provide was that he asked Danieel to stay and work with his son in the future. In district 9, the main character was a stubborn man who wanted to have his normal life back, being in the process of becoming an alien, he didn’t care about anything else. However, at the end he realized that the aliens have family too and would want to go back to their normal life and their home. He sacrificed his chance in changing back and remained an alien throughout the rest of his life.
“Your Earth is still your Earth, but between the efforts of your people to destroy it and ours to restore it, it has changed.”
“And you think destroying what was left of our cultures will make us better?”
“No. Only different.”
This part of the novel explains to Lilith that the world she will be living in will not be the same. I picked this quote because I feel that Lilith has to make a complicated decision; in fighting against the aliens or accepting their help. The world has changed because of destruction done by the humans, for them to start a new life there all on their own is very difficult. However, the people feel that the aliens are helping them for their own benefits. I believe this is a very tough choice for Lilith and her choice will change the path in the future.
Octavia Butler’s Dawn, is a very interesting novel about decision making. Lilith an earth woman was saved by the aliens along will many other humans. She was chosen to awaken first and lead her people to a new of earth. Her choice in accepting the aliens help was questionable however, she eventually believe in their kindness. Another choice she had to make was who will be her follower; to be awaken first. Throughout, the whole novel Lilith has to face obstacles in trusting, believing and forming the future path of earth. I am hoping to know the turn outs and the ending of this interesting novel soon.
“Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep” by Philip K. Dick is a mixture of fiction and existence.This novel was interesting do to the fact that an artificial brain was conducted much similar of that of a humans’. It makes me think, perhaps in the near future there might be such a thing and technology which will take over. Therefore, one theme that came to mind was the difference between androids and humans, how we can identify them? A question like this must have an answer and one of my conclusion was that “humans have emotions.” That is one trait that makes us different from everything else. In chapter 9, Rick showed sympathy towards Luba as she was killed, an emotion that only humans will feel. Another example is in the same chapter, Rick takes the test and identified himself as human, human enough to feel what a human should feel. I believe that this novel makes a great point in being a human; that we are unique and should appreciate what we have. I enjoyed this novel and its idea of sci-fi I hope to continue interesting novel such as these.
The world of caves of steel and our world are pretty different in many ways. However, difference does not keep us apart; friendships may form and could be tighter than any other of the same kind.
“Daneel, will you stay on Earth after the Spacers go?”
R. Daneel said, “I have not been informed. Why do you ask?”
Baley bit his lip, then said, “I didn’t think I would ever say anything like this to anyone like you,
Daneel, but I trust you. I even–admire you.”
Other forms of creature from the outer world may be more advanced in technology and life but, humans have their own advantages as well. Spaces are limited to population; only the good will live, as for humans, everyone has an equal chance and opportunity. Spaces may have high living standards due to the advanced technology yet, humans never gave up; they work hard and improve with years of knowledge, more than any robot can experiences. Although the differences can keep us apart but, there are no reasons for us not to be friends. Through Daneel and Baley, it was understood that different forms can become good friends despite the obstacles.
As I read caves of steel, I came across “Each city became a semiautomous unit, economically all but self-sufficient. It could roof itself in, grid itself about, burrow itself under, it became a steel cave, a tremendous, self-contained cave of steel and concrete,” Page 15. This section caught my attention since it explains the reason for the title. Besides the title reference, the title “caves of steel,” refers to the city full of people unable to be free; trapped within the busy city, divisions of classes and etc. This page stood out because it explains reasons behind the misery of the people in the city, as well as the given the title. The theme of the story is imprisonment; confined within the city of loss for the future, confined in a society of fear against the spacers and confined in a city of unwanted change. The fact that the city people don’t want changes makes them less likely to accept the spacers or gain any help from them. The lack of knowledge of outer world situation makes them afraid of moving forward. These people live their life working, fighting to keep their place within the city, lacks the interest to explore. They are concealed yet, they don’t want help; don’t want advanced technology, greater life force and a better world to live on from the spacers. The people are the ones concealing themselves in a cage of steel and concrete.
There are many differences between our world and alien worlds. In “Caves of Steel,” many aspects of differences between the spacer and humans appear. For instance, the spacers and humans live in divide sections within the city. The two divisions do not enter unless it’s for business situations. Spacers have a limited population as for humans there isn’t. The spacers provide better improved technology then the humans. An example of comparison shall be R Daneel; a spacer like robot with advance movement, speech, looks and etc. while man made robots are only capable of storing and non- fluent movements.
Besides the difference in technology, exterior influences are marked as well. Humans may worry about viruses such as a cold, fever or other diseases however; many of these symptoms can be handled in a well-cared situation. As for spacers, there are no such things as a common cold or diseases, they live in a specified atmosphere; cleaned and sanitized. To the spacer’s knowledge one touch or atom from a humanly bacteria may kill them instantly. Human bodies have grown an immune system to protect them from obtaining a disease while, spacer does not; due to never getting sick.
Human’s knowledge of the outer world is still brief; not knowing how many planets are out there, if any life forms and if any human like creatures are living amongst the planets. Spacers with their well-developed technology can travel through space; to planets and planets far across the galaxy. Their advance robots may receive outer world information as well, to better improve acceptance in various conditions.