In the Alien franchise, Ripley’s character goes through so much. She moves from ordinary warrant officer to survival mode and through the films, from ultimate badass to self-sacrificial. In the last, is she herself? She’s a clone and the viewers have to question what of Ripley is in her character. The body is essentially Ripley, but is the mind?
The idea of your body not belonging to you is one that intrigues me. On a personal level, I got a rather rude awakening that my body is not my own when I became pregnant with my first son. Just like in Alien, I grew my own little parasite!
The same can happen in illness, in aging, in injury. Your body is a fragile shell for your self. But what happens when your mind is no longer your own?
The Host by Stephanie Meyer explores an interesting take on the body and self. When an alien inhabits the body of a human and the body no longer belongs to the human. The fight for supremacy of the mind was an internal struggle that changed both characters.
In Silver Bound, I explored what happened if the body belonged to another–in slavery–and the mind had been tampered with. What remains of the person that was once there? Is she gone? Or does she survive somewhere? What exactly makes you, you?
I think, therefore I am. That age old philosophical question still gets me wondering about who really is that “I”.
What science fiction makes you think?
And, who are you?