Posted on Fri Sep 09 2016 -- fusion-au
After working on the other Fusion AU documents, I started on a new one, focused on bio-punk, genetic engineering, and monsters of various sorts.
As before, one franchise can contribute pieces that can fix
holes in others. For example, I had two major
objections to "Gattaca". First, the prevalence
of genetic testing and the attendant paranoia. Second,
the notion that a
The other franchises that already appeared - a non-stop cavalcade of viral outbreaks, diseases, and mutations, including things like "Resident Evil" and "Prototype" - explain why the society of Gattaca develops as it does. Biology itself is a threat. Genetic engineering is not merely en vogue, but a vital and accepted part of the public disease-fighting effort.
The "Dollhouse" TV series gives us both a way to reach space sensibly, and a reason dedication and courage are enough: the astronauts of the Titan mission won't be sent in bodies. Their minds will be sent, using an advance of the Rossum "imprinting" technology, to be run as software on the ship's computer. This eliminates life support requirements and simplifies the ship's design.
Here's a list of the franchises that I've either included, or plan to include. I divided them by major themes: Cloning, Bio-freaks, Mutant Powers, The Conspiracy, The Virus, and The Apocalypse.
There's other candidates, such as "Tomorrow People"
If you know of some franchise that feels like it fits the theme, but doesn't appear here, let me know!