Essay on The Lucky Strike By Kim Stanley Robinson And Blood Music

1389 Words Nov 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Sacrifice is a generalization of the endless inner turmoil of suffering and an extension of the lone wings of passion. It is an investment in the vestige of honor and a projection nobility. Sacrifice is a sacred, holy ideal that we often times try to hold ourselves to while facing the opposition of what is socially expected and morally irrelevant. The way sacrifice manifests in an individual’s psyche prescribes his or her actions. This is evident in the central characters in both of the short stories “The Lucky Strike” by Kim Stanley Robinson and “Blood Music” by Greg Bear. Both characters face enormous, ethical decisions made popular by the standard stereotypes in the realm of science fiction. They both are presented with a world-changing, life-altering, do-this or do-that decision. Coincidentally, both main characters are influenced by many of the same environmental and social factors that drive them to make the decisions central to the underlying theme of sacrifice. The morality of a person can manifest itself in a myriad of ways. This fact held true for the main character of “They Lucky Strike”, Captain Frank January. Unfortunately, January is burdened with one of the most wretched decisions facing the collision of science fiction and a fictitious version of United States history. This dreadful decision is whether or not to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. He faced the ultimate rock and a hard place situation. January knew that if he dropped the bomb hundreds…

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