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Following today’s discussion, I recommended some texts for Sora Moon, which deal with the problem of fate or destiny versus free will, in a way similar to the scientist in her story. A few of them are the following:
The Machine of Death (PDF available free at the link) — I have a story in this book, but I’d recommend looking at a few different ones. “Almond” by John Chernega, especially, is a good one for this issue you’re concerned with, Sora, or also “Flaming Marshmallow,” by Camille Alexa.
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. This book has been translated into Korean, though you’ll have to find it in a library as bookstores no longer have it. It uses a time travel story to explore the paradox of balancing free will and destiny. I liked the comedy book set in the same world, To Say Nothing of the Dog, almost as much, but I’ve heard the Korean translation of this book isn’t as good.
The film Minority Report, which explores the same thing using psychics and technology. While I cannot recommend the film, the 2007 Nicholas Cage feature Next also showed how knowing the future could screw up someone’s life. But a much better, and more disturbing film (and book) is Stephen King’s The Dead Zone, about a man who can see the future and how profoundly it affects his life.
I also recommended the British TV series Being Human, and mentioned the fake-documentary film American Zombie, both of interest for those among us who are zombie fans.
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