Bodies? We don't need no stinkin' bodies.
August 30, 2010 6:25 PM Subscribe
What sci-fi or dystopian (or even utopian) stories of the future involve a form of humanity that has outgrown the need for any corporeal manifestation in favor a completely cerebral existence?
posted by mediocritease to Media & Arts (40 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
For instance, there's a character in Snow Crash (I only skimmed the first 50 pages and don't remember his name or purpose) that has essentially wired his consciousness into his...um...van, I guess, which was itself like some kind of supercomputer. If I remember correctly, he was horribly disfigured or completely handicapped yada yada - the point being that his body was completely useless and extraneous. It existed only to house the brain. It seems like I've come across stories in which the whole of humanity has evolved in this manner, out of the need of their bodies, becoming able to control material objects by way of conscious thought, making the use of actual motor skills obsolete. But I don't remember specifically any titles or plots or authors. I really don't read much in this vein. Still, I need to know. Didn't Neuromancer have something equivalent to this?