Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Throughout science fiction, one archetype that keeps popping up is a dystopian society. In a dystopian society, the story usually centers on a protagonist who questions the society. Zeppelin City was a good example of this dystopian society except that the hero of this world was almost invisible and a villain. This is very similar to Ozymandius' role in the graphic novel, Watchmen. At the end of Watchmen, Ozymandius kills thousands of people in New York City but stops a possible World War 3 between the Soviet Union and the United States. In Zeppelin City, Eszterhazy gives the Naked Brain death and kills many of the gyro pilots, but in the end he gives that power back to himself (a person) rather than a floating brain in an over sized jar. What do you think about this change in the hero perspective in dystopian societies?