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NomDeOrdinateur Thu 28-Feb-13 00:28:58

Hi all, I've recently got interested in how SF engages with right-to-life issues and I'm trying to put together a reading list for myself. I'd be very grateful for any recommendations you could add to my existing list, particularly focusing on euthanasia, infanticide, fertility control, suicide, assisted suicide, and aging populations (due to infertility/medical breakthroughs).

So far I have:

- The Logan Trilogy by William F Nolan (and the film and TV series);
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley;
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro;
- The Giver by Lois Lowry;
- The Machine Stops by EM Forster;
- Kirinyaga by Mike Resnick;
- The Sleeper Awakes by HG Wells;
- Case of Conscience by James Bish;
- The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope;
- Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison (and Soylent Green);
- The Children of Men by PD James;
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Any ideas about useful SF textbooks/histories or books about euthanasia, assisted suicide, population control, overpopulation etc would also be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance to anybody who's kind enough to make further suggestions!

PS - I'm not a slacking journalist, I'm a regular MNer and have just changed my name in case anybody from my university recognises me based on my research interests.

MTSgroupie Tue 12-Mar-13 15:07:58

Star Trek: The Next Generation. Deanna Troi's mum gets romantically involved with an alien. She is shocked when she finds out that, despite being only in his 60s and healthy, he is about to get voluntary euthanized because in their culture the old don't want to be a burden to the young. The alien at first is pursuaded to reject his culture but his daughter puts pressure on him and in the end he decides to be euthanized.

The episode ends with Mrs Troi deciding that she will join his loved ones and be a witness to his death.

talkingnonsense Tue 12-Mar-13 15:12:05

If tv counts, the latest Torchwood series ( can't remember the title! The American one) had not dying as its main plot point ( though rather squandered it IMO).

gokhuvegeta Tue 12-Mar-13 16:55:20

Movies: Z.P.G - In Time- Fortress- Soylent Green-
Tv show- Terra Nova-
I found a list someone else has compiled for books:

Frederik Pohl, ‘The Census Takers’ (1956), (unread)
J. G. Ballard, ‘The Concentration City’ (variant titles: ‘Build-Up’ and ‘The Disaster Area’) (1957), 4.75/5 (Very Good)
Robert Silverberg, Master of Life and Death (1957), .25/5 (horrible)
Robert Sheckley, ‘The Minimum Man’ (1958), 4.25/5 (Good)
Robert Bloch, This Crowded Earth (1958), (unread)
Anthony Burgess, The Wanting Seed (1962), (unread)
J. G. Ballard, ‘Billenium’ (1962), (unread)
Lester Del Rey, The Eleventh Commandment (1962, revised 1970), 3.75/5 (Good)
Frederik Pohl, ‘The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass’ (1962, revised as ‘The Deadly Mission of P. Snodgrass’, 1970), (unread)
Jane Roberts, The Rebellers (1963), (unread)
Brian W. Aldiss, Earthworks (1965), rating: 3.5/5 (Average)
D. G. Compton, The Quality of Mercy (1965), rating: 4/5 (Good)
Harry Harrison, Make Room! Make Room! (1966) (unread)
Roger Zelazny, The Dream Master (1966), (unread)
Philip E. High, The Mad Metropolis (1966), (unread)
Robert Silverberg, To Open the Sky (1967) (unread)
Robert Silverberg, The Time Hoppers (1967), rating: 2.5/5 (Average)
Louis Charbonneau, Down to Earth (1967), rating: 2/5 (Bad)
Irving A. Greenfield, Waters of Death (1967), rating: 1/5 (Terrible)
James Blish and Norman L. Knight, A Torrent of Faces (1967), (unread)
John Brunner, Stand on Zanibar (1968), rating: 5/5 (Masterpiece — my all time favorite sci-fi novel)
Kurt Vonnegut, ‘Welcome to the Monkey House’ (1968), (unread)
Roger Zelazny, ‘The Eve of RUMOKO’ (1969), rating: 3/5 (Average)
Joanna Russ, And Chaos Died (1970), rating 4.5/5 (Very Good)
Dean R. Koontz, Anti-Man (1970), (unread)
Don Pendleton, 1989: Population Doomsday (variant title: Population Doomsday), (unread)
T. J. Bass, Half Past Human (1971), rating: 2.5/5 (Average)
Robert Silverberg, The World Inside (1971), rating: 5/5 (Masterpiece)
Max Ehrlich, The Edict (1971), (unread)
Ursula Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven (1971), (unread)
Thomas M. Disch, 334 (1972), (unread)
Michael Elder, Nowhere on Earth (1972), (unread)
Edmund Cooper, The Tenth Planet (1973), (unread)
John Jakes, On Wheels (1973), (unread)
Stanislaw Lem, The Futurological Congress (1974), (unread)
J. G. Ballard, High-Rise (1975), rating: 4.5/5 (Very Good)
Evelyn E. Smith, Unpopular Planet (1975), (unread)
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Time of the Fourth Horseman (1976), (unread)
Mark Adlard, Interface (1977), (unread)
Axel Madsen, Unisave (1980), (unread)
Philip José Farmer, Dayworld (1985), (unread)
Philip José Farmer, Dayworld Rebel (1987), (unread)
Barry B. Longyear, Sea of Glass (1987), (unread)
Philip José Farmer, Dayworld Breakup (1990), (unread)

CoteDAzur Wed 13-Mar-13 08:08:59

Nelly - Hyperion is definitely worth reading.

MerlotforOne Wed 13-Mar-13 16:18:45

Film-wise 'Gattaca' deals with engineered embryos, licenses to reproduce and follows the life of a child conceived 'naturally' and the prejudice and discrimination he faces.

Have definitely read other stuff on this - Spares has been mentioned and is excellent - I'll go have a browse of my bookshelves and get back to you...

bruffin Wed 13-Mar-13 16:30:26

The new film Robot and Frank is set in the near future about an old catburgler with alzeimers and the robot he is given to look after him.

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