Abstract The concept of natural selection as a struggle for existence that Charles Darwin developed in On the Origin of Species was reformulated in The Descent of Man , where he emphasized its ideological implications, supportive of capitalism and imperialism.
by H. G. Wells
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Afortunadamente, es recogido en una lancha y llevado hasta la llamada Isla de Moreau. Wells, que a su vez, como se deja entrever, estuvo inspirado por un tal McMoreau. Si bien resulta poco novedosa, es una novela entretenida. Feb 26, Stephen Theaker rated it really liked it.
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A good sequel to the novel by Wells, in which the protagonist has heard of the first book, and discovers that it was based on true facts. It features some great lines, such as "Warfare Readers today may be shocked by some of the sexual content. Wells to get the most out of this. Apr 03, Steve R added it. Wells, all I can remember of this novel is that it, like its progenitor, did little to interest me. In fact, they both made me feel kind of creeped out: I mean, why would someone want to graft different parts of different animals together, anyway? Supposedly set in an updated world with modern medical issues addressed, Aldiss always tried something new, even when paying suitable respect to his science fiction predecessors.
Calvert Roberts, a State Department official, crashes into the South Pacific and washes up on an island populated by deformed, animalistic people with rudimentary language skills, driven with whips by brutish human mas A Second Generation of Monsters Brian W.
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Calvert Roberts, a State Department official, crashes into the South Pacific and washes up on an island populated by deformed, animalistic people with rudimentary language skills, driven with whips by brutish human masters. Moreau, and has been taken over by a deformed megalomaniac who is continuing the species-shifting experiments described by Wells, using modern genetic technologies.
Roberts comes into conflict with the crazed researcher, Dart a nod to Raymond Dart, discoverer of early hominid fossils? He establishes relationships with some of the island residents, which illuminate what kind of people are present and what kind of lives they lead.
He demands to have the mainland contacted and informed of his whereabouts, but is kept prisoner while the uneasy balance of power on the island is distorted by his presence. As he lives among them, he finds his own values challenged and ineluctably distorting: he gradually learns that some ideals are not operative in that environment, and some others, including an unexpected sexual abandon to the point of pedophilia, become more acceptable than expected.
Finally the situation comes to a head, with consequences for all.
Aldiss throws in a few nods to Wells: the animalistic natures of the experimental creatures on the island, the god complex of their scientific creator, driven by his own internal obsessions and resentments, the grandiose improvement project that makes them all victims, and the presence of a judgmental outsider who forces the doctor to try to justify his horrifying scheme. There is even an echo of Dr. But what is interesting in any project of this kind is trying to understand why it was undertaken, which means identifying the ways the book changes the original story, and asking what they mean.
The problems or limits of this claim are not addressed. For that matter, with a few exceptions we are never given a very detailed look at most of the creatures on the island, why they were made and how, and what they are like other than in crude appearance. In the end the book raises many rich questions, but spends little time on any of them. A book about the legacy of Dr. Moreau ought to have a weighty moral core; this one seems to be more in the Thrilling Tales mode, and thus comes off feeling like a bit of a wasted opportunity.
Not a bad story, though. I told myself I would read the books magazines, actually that had accumulated in my latest trip from A-Z, before starting back on "A" again, at least until I had reshelved the last set. I lied. And "A" brings me back around to Aldiss, that morose mofo who seems to see gloomy apocalypse around every corner, and who has revisited H. Wells unpleasant tale The Island of Dr. Aldiss can write and plot, though, so the book is a good read, and a reasonable update for of Wells' story, whi I told myself I would read the books magazines, actually that had accumulated in my latest trip from A-Z, before starting back on "A" again, at least until I had reshelved the last set.
Aldiss can write and plot, though, so the book is a good read, and a reasonable update for of Wells' story, which is considered here to be based on a real person. The update involves a grownup Thalidomide baby who—actually, sort of surprisingly, isn't working on a way to fix himself, but instead coming up with newer, better teratogenic mutating fetuses chemicals. It's pretty unpleasant, much like the original—though at least it lacks the torture of the original—but additionally because of general misanthropy, which seems to be a recurring theme in Aldiss' books.
And the main character is an officious jerk of the first water whose every action brings death and destruction to the island, and yet who feels little to no responsibility for any of it. The reveals will probably not shock you. Because its and Dr. Moreau, you just know bestiality is going to come into this and it does , but Aldiss goes out of his way to introduce pedophilia as well.
I mean, straight-up pedophilia, not even couched in bestiality. When I see stuff like this in SF, I tend to blame Heinlein, who achieved some kind of mainstream relevance with the aggressive promiscuity in Stranger in a Strange Land —and once you've done all the variants of sex with adults possible including adult children where's left to go?