Blade Runner : what is human?

Part Four of Advanced Science Fiction & Fantasy: writing the 21st century myth

Blade Runner challenges us to ask – what is human? The science fiction author Philip K Dick believed that our humanity was based not in our body, or in our mind, but in our capacity for empathy.

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is an empathy test…for the audience. Can we empathise with the other, even when the other is an android? Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 takes the audience on a journey to discover their true self.

More than any other Hollywood scifi “franchise”, Blade Runner shows how science fiction can become great art for our culture and our time.

The fourth part of Writing the 21st Century Myth introduces the psychological archetypes of Carl Jung and how they unlock secrets of scifi & fantasy storytelling.

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Blade Runner : what is human?

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Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

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