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 Another Perfect Day in ****ing Paradise, 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 in 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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