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Rand Noir vs. Rand Incorporated

  • Ben Murnane
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Abstract

Murnane delineates the relationship between Rand’s work and two forms of posthumanist science fiction, which he terms “Rand noir” and “Rand incorporated.” Classic posthumanist fiction—cyberpunk like Neuromancer, Blade Runner, and Ghost in the Shell—depends upon the existence of a Randian precursor, high capitalism; these texts originate in a time when Randian views were demonstrably at work within US policy circles: the 1980s. However, unlike Rand’s utopian vision, cyberpunk’s capitalist apex is dystopian. It is Rand noir. Rand’s relationship to these texts is indirect. The last few decades have also seen the advent of a number of works depicting transhumanism/posthumanism that interact directly with Rand’s fiction, including Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda. Andromeda is discussed here to introduce the concept of Rand incorporated.

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