A Work Of Art, And Neal Shusterman 's Unwind Dystology
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Like snowflakes, no two Science Fiction stories are identical, James Blish’s short story, A Work of Art, and Neal Shusterman’s Unwind dystology are no exception; however, some aspects of the two are similar. In A Work of Art a technology known as Mind Sculpting is being used. The concept of “Mind Sculpting” is placing the personality, and memories of someone who has passed on into voluntarily donated hosts. Shusterman’s popular science fiction dystology Unwind, is about a dystopian society that was meant to be a utopia. The series follows a small group of teens that have orders to be unwound. Unwinding is where each and every piece of an individual is taken from them and used for other humans, it’s kind of like an unwilling organ donation,…show more content… Though the teens all come from very different backgrounds, they find themselves fighting side by side to end unwinding. Unwinding is basically an unwilling organ donation using the entire body while still in full consciousness, yet there is no pain. The body parts are then used for people who are victims of severe burns, amputations, or even people who are just not happy with their appearance. Unwinding was created to rid society of juvenile delinquents without killing them or placing them in state funded facilities. It also allows the teens to “live on” (Shusterman 20) without being a nuisance to society because they are living as a piece of someone else. In the eyes of society, these unwinds do not die, they are just making there way to the next step in their life.
From a religious viewpoint, death is seen as a new beginning; however, these science fiction writers took a new beginning to the next level. In the Unwind dystology, those who are unwound do not die; however, they live in what is referred to as a “divided state” (Shusterman 42). This is seen as a way to allow juvenile delinquents to live without being a nuisance to others. The recipients of these unwound parts can sometimes recall the unwinding of their new body part. Not only is unwinding possible, but so is rewinding. Rewinding is simply taking the best of every unwind part and putting them together Frankenstein style. In Unwholly, the second book in the dystology, Camus Comprix