I have to wonder with the end of Battlestar Galactica last night and what is presumably the impending cancellation of The Sarah Connor Chronicles is this going to be the end of a conscious and visual desire to have sex with hot robots, at least in popular science fiction?
I guess that’s probably a stupid question. As long as human beings are alive and have working genitals and bizarre hormones, we’ll probably always want to fuck everything we can (especially when told, “Hey, you can’t fuck that!”), including the appliances. Just ask the Japanese.
But I guess I’m wondering if that will continue to be the recurring trend in science fiction for a while (or SyFy), or will we go to a more Torchwood-ian desire to have fun polysexual adventures with alien creatures out of time and space?
Not that the exploration of boundaries and new ideas about sex and sexuality in science fiction is a new thing, which is good. I consider myself a fan of science fiction, perhaps a nerd even (there’s a fine line when it comes to being a fan of sci fi that very easily drops you into darkened nerd territory), and I’ve always liked when science fiction goes adult. I don’t just want to hear about space exploration and what’s inside black holes and how time travel will work or what’s going on with m-theory, tell me about us in the future. Tell me how we interact with the universe in new and interesting ways. And, to put it bluntly, tell me how we get off.
But that’s the nice thing about science fiction, right? It’s all about imagination. The same should be said in a lot of ways for sex and things that can be considered sexy.
More and more, perhaps just to nab headlines, I’m seeing stories about human beings having realistic sexual encounters with robots isn’t that far off. That will open up an interesting can of moral worms about what’s right and wrong: Will Asimov’s laws of robotics get a sexy new fourth law dealing with the opposite of the uncanny valley? Will it be cheating on your human lover? Will it be feminism? Will it develop into real love and marriage?
So, so many juicy questions.
For better or worse, you gotta admit that when your “normal” contemporary life turns into science fiction, then it’s a very interesting time indeed.
And Battlestar Galactica, though I feel the quality of your show has fallen by the wayside quite a bit in the last few years, I salute the ride you took us nerds on, and some of the questions you brought up, not just about survival and robots in space, but really the question of what it is to be human. That, and keying us in to the fact that a robot’s spine glows when they have sex.
Thanks, that’s not only hot, but info I can use.
As for you, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, I’ve never really watched you, but even though you sound like a bad joke, people tell me you’re not such a bad show after all. Maybe I’ll get to find out before you get canceled or I end up relying solely on the kindness of robot escort services, just like in AI.
Future, here we come.