A Clockwork Heart

Open Access
Author:
Bilger, Alexander Ray
Area of Honors:
English
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Charlotte Amalie Holmes, Thesis Supervisor
  • Xiaoye You, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Eldritch Horror
  • Fantasy
  • Creative Writing
  • 19th Century
Abstract:
The purpose of my thesis is to explore the relationship between humanity and rapidly advancing technology in a fictional industrial revolution setting, rather than the science fiction setting typically used for such stories. A primary focus will be on the ethics of merging the mechanical and the biological, and the potential for such a thing to be abused. Additionally, I wanted to consider the near religious aspects of exceptionally advanced technology and some pursuits of it – primarily those of a less ethical nature – by making this piece have an eldritch horror aspect to it, which will be developed later, as this is a section of what I intend to make a longer work. While advanced technology and pseudo-religious aspects of it are my primary focus, there are numerous secondary themes I intend to explore through worldbuilding and setting. Greece in the 19th century had its own, little recognized, monarchy and I wished to explore what it could have been like had their power never waned and they remained the focal point of Southern European civilization. Furthermore, I wish to explore ethnic tensions in the midst of overwhelming social and technological change, a subject that is unfortunately ever-relevant. While we are far detached from the 19th century now, in both culture and technology, I believe that the time period and its issues mirror our own and exploring it with my previously mentioned themes in mind can be relevant in modern day.