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Karen Burnham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038419

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038419.001.0001

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Ethical Standards

Ethical Standards

(p.51) Chapter 2 Ethical Standards
Greg Egan

Karen Burnham

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines Greg Egan's view of ethics, which can be seen from his earliest breakout story, “The Cutie” (1989). It looks at several facets of ethical concerns, including medical ethics as seen in “Blood Sisters” (1991) and “Cocoon” (1994). It also covers the uneven distribution of technological benefits, best illustrated by “Yeyuka” (1997) and the genetic engineering piracy shown in Distress (1995). Finally, it focuses on our ethical responsibilities to life that we create and to alien life that we may find out in the universe.

Keywords:   ethics, medical ethics, Blood Sisters, Cocoon, Yeyuka, Distress, ethical responsibility, alien life, Greg Egan, science fiction writers

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