In Science Fiction, We Are Never Home

Where technology leads to exile and yearning

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Nov 30, 2018 · 9 min read
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A scene from Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic thriller ‘Gravity.’ Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

By Steve Erickson

Halfway through director Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Sandra Bullock suffers the most cosmic case of homesick blues since Keir Dullea was hurled toward the infinite in 2001: A Space Odyssey nearly half a century ago. For Bullock, home is (as it was for Dullea) the Earth, looming below…

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