Imagining High-Tech Bodies: Science Fiction and the Ethics of Enhancement

Ana Delgado, Kjetil Rommetveit, Miquel Barceló, Louis Lemkow

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Seeking for broad and inclusive ways of framing ethical debates on emerging technologies, in this article the authors explore imaginaries of body enhancement as encompassed in the science fiction (sci-fi) literature. They provide in-depth descriptions of three sci-fi novels: Neuromancer, The Player of Games, and Kéthani. They explore how ethical concerns are framed within the imaginary world of these novels, emphasizing that this framing is usually ambivalent, embedded within lived narratives, as well as future and collectively oriented. Because they evoke shared imaginaries, sci-fi novels appear as useful to trigger debate on new technologies. © 2012 SAGE Publications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-240
JournalScience Communication
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012


  • emerging technologies
  • enhancement
  • ethics
  • imaginaries
  • public debate
  • science fiction


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