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FEED NOTES. INTRODUCTION. SCIENCE FICTION. Specific genre, usually has futuristic settings, science and technology (Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica , Futurama , Ender’s Game, I Am Robot, Terminator etc.).

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science fiction
  • Specific genre, usually has futuristic settings, science and technology (Star Wars, BattlestarGalactica, Futurama, Ender’s Game, I Am Robot, Terminator etc.).
  • Sometimes has space travel, parallel universes, extraterrestrial life, and paranormal abilities.
  • Sometimes explores the consequences of scientific innovations - used by authors as a device to discuss philosophical ideas such as identity, desire, morality, and social structure.
  • Science fiction is largely based on writing rationally about alternative possible worlds or futures.
  • It is similar to, but differs from fantasy in that, within the context of the story, its imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated laws of nature (though some elements in a story might still be pure imaginative speculation).
  • The settings for science fiction are often contrary to consensus reality, but most science fiction relies on a considerable degree of suspension of disbelief.
  • Near future – approximately 150 years from now.
  • Moon/ Earth (America)
the feed
  • The Feed is a chip implanted into the majority of the population’s brains. It acts as a phone, the internet and most any other communication device you can think of. Picture your phone being a small chip you put into your skull surgically.
  • It then hooks up to the “Feednet” which directly connects to all the other people and sources a phone or computer would be able to use.
the feed1
  • So – if you want you can
    • Call up a friend
    • Go shopping
    • Watch TV/ Movies
    • Play games
    • Surf the web
    • Order food


the feed2
  • Too good to be true?

... we’ll have to read and see…

  • Titus
    • Narrator/ Protagonist
    • Teenager
    • Upper-middle-class family
    • Custom made…
    • Average teenager?
    • Had the Feed since infancy.
  • Violet Durn
    • Main character/ Titus’ love interest
    • Teenager
    • Lower-middle-class
    • Eccentric
    • Got the Feed when she was seven.
  • Lincoln “Link” Arwaker
    • Titus’ friend
    • Wealthy family – live in a gated community
    • Calista and Quendy like him
    • “Tall”/ “slim”/ “unsightly”…
  • Marty
    • Titus’ and Link’s friend
    • Good at games
    • Loud, rambunctious
  • Calista
    • Link’s girlfriend
    • First person in group to get lesions
    • Outspoken; frank; critical
  • Loga
    • Titus’ ex
  • Quendy
    • Copies/ competes with Calista

There are many themes that we will discover in this novel. You would be hard-pressed to find any story without at least one major theme. Love, revenge, growing up – these are all reoccurring themes in stories today. This novel, among many others is a coming of age story.

For this novel, we’ll be focusing on 4 major themes:

  • Language
  • Consumerism
  • Technology
  • Environmental Conservation

Some questions to think about:

  • What is language used for?
  • Can language evolve/ devolve?
  • Is there such a thing as bad language?
  • What language is appropriate/ inappropriate?
  • What are the consequences of the language we use?

Some questions to think about:

  • How dependent are we on consumption?
  • What are the benefits of mass consumption?
  • What are the negative effects of mass consumption?
  • How do American consumption and the American economy fit together?

Some questions to think about:

  • What are the benefits of technological innovation?
  • What are the negative effects of technological innovation?
  • Are we becoming too dependent on technology?
  • What does our technology say about us?
environmental conservation

Some questions to think about:

  • Are popular social stigmas about conservation necessary? Valid?
  • Is conservation valid? Necessary?
  • Should political organizations and governing bodies take more or less action?
  • Are conservation efforts fruitless?
  • How aware are the general American public of their environment?

This novel will use some language that is not only confusing, but it also uses language that is usually curbed by the general public, or is it?

There will be words in this book that we generally do not use in many situations. However, it does serve a purpose. Whether you agree with using certain language in your life is completely your choice. In school, however, we choose to keep some words and language absent from our communication as best we can. Tact, consideration for your audience and surroundings – these are social conventions we must still follow at school.

For this novel, we will be reading it as it is written and we will discuss the positives and negatives of language.