Super-Toys Last All Summer Long

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Super-Toys Last All Summer Long
“Super-Toys Last All Summer Long” is a short story published in Harpers Bazar in 1969 by science fiction author Brian Aldiss. What is interesting in this story, is the fact that many different issues are shown, such as the emotional gap between family members in an overpopulated society. When the story was written, it was meant to be a look into a self created future by Brian Aldiss which is why the genre is science fiction. The meaning of science fiction is to criticize society through an imaginary world. In that way, it is not a direct criticism, but more like a hypothetical way for the author to express his opinions.

The story is told from the narrator’s point of view and it contains a changing
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We know that Henry is a career conscious man who is very purposeful in doing his job. Monica tries to establish a close relationship between her and David who is not sure who he is. It is all very chaotic!

The meaning of this story, I think, is that Brian Aldiss wants to show what will happen when science develops too much. The reason why the family needs permission before the parents can have a child, is that the World is overpopulated, but the main complex of problems is surely that advanced science has its responsibilities towards the population. In this example, Teddy and David have feelings that are not treated; instead they are considered as sheer machines. In addition to that, it is also important to say that even though science gradually does not have any limits, it is still to be used with care and consideration so that it will pay off in a proper way. It is impossible to form an acquaintance with a robot without starting to have feelings for it. However, humans are not

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supposed to have relationships with non-living objects! Therefore we must be aware of our ethical boundary between right and wrong even if it seems right at first sight.

When I read “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long”, I somehow got sad on behalf of David and Teddy. They think they are humans, but they are just advanced machines that are constructed with only one purpose; to serve the human being. After reading the last quote, I actually
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