Posted by Daniel Vecchio, PhD
Sci Phi is an online science fiction and philosophy magazine. In each issue you will find stories that explore questions of life, the universe and everything and articles that delve into the deep philosophical waters of science fiction universes.
This month we have,
An original Novellete from author John C. Wright, The Ideal Machine, a tale of aliens from a distant star come to visit an old country church and offer our world a chance for the future.
Original Science Fiction stories from
Joshua M. Young – Domo – A story of a Robot who wonders if he has a soul
David Hallquist – Falling To Eternity – Can a Blackhole help you get away with murder?
Frederick Best – Cosmic Foam – What is beyond the visible world
Jane Lebak – Abandoned River, Dry Water – What do you do when life throws you a curve ball?
Original Essays by
David Kyle Johnson – In Defense of the Matrix Saga: Appreciating the Sequel through Philosophy
James Druley – Star Trek’s Prime Directive : Moral Guidelines, Exceptions and Absolutes
Stephen S. Hanson – Personhood in H.Beam Piper’s Little Fuzzy
Daniel Vecchio – “I am Groot”: An Aristotelian Reflection on Space Aliens and Substance
Ruth Tallman – Endangered Species: Exploring Transhumanism, Genetic Engineering and Personhood Through the World of Sweet Tooth
And a book review by Peter Sean Bradley, Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia.
I’m very excited to be a part of this first edition along side some great philosophers and science-fiction writers. My article, “‘I am Groot’: An Aristotelian Reflection on Space Aliens and Substance”, is a popular level piece that uses the characters from the blockbuster smash hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, as a springboard to explain the Aristotelian notion of substance. I consider the peculiar case of Groot, a sentient and lovable humanoid plant, and also whether an artificial life form like Rocket Raccoon could be considered a substance. There are some spoilers, so I recommend that you check out the film first, if you plan on seeing it at all. Also, I recommend the movie. It’s a lot of fun and has an excellent soundtrack. Nonetheless, I think you will be able to appreciate the article even if you are not familiar with Guardians of the Galaxy.
I haven’t had a chance to read the other short story and article contributions. Once I have a chunk of my dissertation completed, I am hoping to take a moment to read the issue under a palm tree in my local park. So, if you are looking for some fun and thought provoking reading materials for those crisp autumn evenings, take a look. And please consider leaving a kind review! :-D