Synthetic life

An American scientist claims to have created synthetic life. I am sorry, but there’s nothing new in this. Synthetic life has been with us for decades and decades. Ever been on a commuter train, worked in an office, gone to a shopping mall, visited a theme park or watched TV? That’s both seeing and living synthetic life; this is life at its furthest remove from authenticity.

synthetic life illustration

Illustration by Chris Page


About chrispagefiction

Author of the novels Sanctioned, Weed, King of the Undies World, The Underpants Tree, and the story collection Un-Tall Tales. Editor, freelance writer, occasional cartoonist, graphic designer, and all that stuff. At heart he is a London person, but the rest of his body is a long-term exile in Osaka, Japan.
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2 Responses to Synthetic life

  1. Charlie Harrington says:

    Good observations. I’ve always thought that theme parks were the worst of synthetic entertainment. Strap into a seat, listen to a guide recite the same lines he or she has spouted all day with the same fake enthusiasm at the same points, followed by the giggly screams as the ride plunges, a monster pops out or other “SURPRISE”. All for the benefit of sharing the same experience with countless others and having a common discussion point.

    Rather spend the day in a park watching people or going somewhere off the beaten tourist tracks.


  2. k2 incense says:

    It’s quite sad, isn’t it. I wish I could get away from it all..


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