What not expected to come across trekking in fictional Space

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In this anthology of Space fiction and review article for the aftermath of Marc Caro's film Dante 01(2008), various critical points of religious fantasy in future settings are discussed, such as return of the Messiah and the secret of immortality in humans.

Fictionalizing Space Travel and how it developed through ages

According to the studies of Western literature archivists and historians, and professors from Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, the first fictional stories about travel beyond Earth date back to 2nd century AD during the ages of Roman Mesopotamia and Assyria.

    The Syrian writer Lucian of Samosata has registered epic voyage tales to Roman literature inspired by the goodness and light of Venus versus the darkness and pompousness of the Moon. The hero of Lucian's tales sprouts wings and flies to the Moon, where he meets artificial creatures that escaped from the Earth.

In his other tales, Space is a war field that creatures from Sun and from Venus try to colonize the Moon. Every time Lucian talks about Space, he mentions that since all the Universe is turning around Earth, our Earth is a better place to live, but still he leaves an open door for the evolution of the theory that Space might be an interesting place to explore.

Lucian's works, even though highly inspirational, are not considered science-fiction rather are preferred to call fantasy today. In 15th and 16th century of Europe, with the invention of magnetic compass and advances in shipbuilding,

    Copernicus demonstrates that cosmos is vast and does not revolve around Earth as it appears to our eyes, and that mainly opens the gate for the studies in Space fiction.

After the development of telescope in the early 17th century,

    Johannus Kepler raises his ideas toward living on the moon in his sci-fi story of Somnium(1634) shortly before developing the basic laws of planetary motion.

Kepler's studies inspired

    Cyrano de Bergerac who became the first fictional space technologist, has written about the invention of solar energy converters and talking machines which remained as a milestone in the creation of the idea for space shuttles.

In the 18th century, French scientists and researchers led by Voltaire and Louis Sebastian Mercier have altered the course of scientific developments, beliefs and content. Recalling the Roman Empire literature, the Space has been regarded as the place of darkness and punishment where there is no use for humans, whereas after 18th century Space turns to become the hope and dreams of humankind in science fiction.

    Voltaire's Micromegas(1732) is the first space fiction that has creatures from Space with more advanced technology and wisdom than humans, coming to visit Earth.

19th century is known as the beginning of hunting for information and technological development in history, where all the major technologies and industries of today are seeded in this age:

    Electricity, Electromagnetics, Explosive Weapons, Reloadable Pistols with Small Ammunitions, Bombs and Time Bombs, Steamboat, Radio, Telephone, X-Ray, Light, Radiation, Laser, Photography, Video Camera...

    and ultimately Airplane and Rockets.

Of course after all of these patterns of technology, with a blended mind one can easily develop a combined technology between any of those counted above and can design a new fiction, can't they? That's what many sci-fi authors did so, but only except Jules Verne and Isaac Asimov who actually shaped the future of science fiction. Because, unlike others Verne and Asimov didn't put their minds and logics behind the prison bars of rapidly developing easy(and senseless) human technology.

Diverging into Religion in Space Fiction

Traveling in Space is commonly regarded as a scientific exploration for human beings. It is the forcing of human nature at the boundaries. Breaking the laws of physics and human physiology is one thing many critics find illogical, but when the space exploration is forced more than the human capability can stand, the religious views get in charge. Out of the many Space fiction questions, probably most crucial one is:

    When in Space are we closer to God, away from God, or neither?

Either way what's obvious is that during Space travel, the Fear of God only grows further towards our insides and/or our surroundings. Through the Asimovian perspective, especially with the aftermath of

    Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris(1972), a human is not entirely a human any more in Space.

If what I am doing is right for morality and religion, than I am close to God. If what I am doing is wrong, then I should try fixing it, or I may never be able to walk with God any more. But this Earthly rule isn't applied as easy as it was in Earth, when in Space. So...

    this is the main challenge in Marc Caro's film Dante 01: A spaceship crew find themselves searching for God unintentionally.

Medical Research Center turned into Prison

What happens in Space, never stays in Space, it reaches to God. In this unusual and freaky science fiction film, a medical research center orbiting a distant planet becomes a place of worship after the arrival of a strange human patient with no identity. There are 1 organization chief, 1 psychiatrist and 3 guardians are in charge of 7 convicts. Chosen haphazardly and brought from the Earth, these convicts are injected anti-anxiety and tranquilizer drugs. They are all average middle-aged human beings except their criminal backgrounds; some of them are murderers some of them are psychopaths. After a female genetic engineer is transported to this space shuttle for a confidential experiment, things go out of control. Arguing with the psychiatrist about whether to conduct genetic experiments over convicts' bodies or not, the female engineer stands on her own notion and does what she is sent there for.

    Her secret task is to test a drug to stop aging in humans.

Nothing seems to stop this engineer from injecting this revolutionary drug, except a newcomer convict who is sick and mute, and has got no identity. One of the mad convicts outspeaks his theory that this new fellow is the Messiah sent from God; so he gives him a name after a saint. By time convicts fall apart into two confronting sides as one side wanting the aging stopper drugs to be injected to them, and the opposite side objecting to that experiment. On their next controversy 3 of the convicts start to believe that the mute man came for help, the other 4 think that he will bring only curse and hatred.

The day the female genetic engineer gives a kick start to inject the aging stopper drug to a willing convict, the two confronting groups are put together in two separate rooms, keeping the experiment as a secret from the other group.

    The engineer woman injects the drug into the convicts' body, through exactly where his operator genes of the cellular membrane are.

She lets him sleep for a while and goes to her control room to monitor the change in his behaviours.

    As soon as she exits the convict's room our strange guy shows up on his own and takes the aging stopper virus out of the convict's cellular membrane and injects it to himself. When the female engineer finds the convict, she figures that he was killed, and she blames the converse group who didn't want to be injected.

Next time when she attempts to inject the drug to another willing convict, she awaits for the right time until everyone falls a sleep. Right after she injected the drug to this second convict's cellular membrane, he lets him sleep and puts him in a separate examination room.

Next day after everybody wakes up, they find the dead convict has revived and returned to life. Everybody is shocked and freaked out, except the female engineer who is happy and thinks that the drug is working effectively,

    but she won't tell this to anyone. So neither her or anybody else in the space ship will learn the truth of actually what happened.

The female engineer injects the drug to convicts one by one, every other day. After the injection, while the convict is asleep, our mute guy appears and kills the convict. Following day, the ship crew and remaining convicts find the drug-injected convict dead; but what they can never find out is that our mute guy absorbs the virus from the dead body's genes and injects it to his own cellular membrane. When again everybody wakes up they witness another dead convict arising from dead.

    Killing the people when no one notices, and reviving them back to life when everyone witnesses; thus the mute guy makes everybody believe him that he can heal people, and can vitalize a dead body.

then that Prison turned Place of Worship

Soon everyone becomes believers of this mute guy. After a while the space shuttle loses its route and is dazed by the magnetic flow of a planet; then it comes to a crucial point to enter an ultra energy sphere. This time again after injecting himself with the drug, our mute guy puts on an astronaut suit, jumps out to space, depletes all the energy of the sphere, and secures the space shuttle's safety.

    During the moment he was depleting the energy of the sphere using the power of his immortal genes, the space shuttle turns upside down, forms "T" shape in the Space which references the crucifixion of Christ. This is only one of the many symbols that references Jesus in this film.

The film coming to a point of new equilibrium leaves us in confusion. We are unable to tell whether the mute guy is actually the Messiah, or it is actually the aging stopper drug that does all that healing, resurging and returning dead to life. The reason it gets confusing and feels like unfinished story is due to the faults on the plot-layering structure and lack of revelation. Rather than the final scene, the moment at the end of Act-2 when the space shuttle received radio signals that state the mute guy has been sent there to prevent others from discovering the secret of the aging stopper drug must have been the actual final.

    Dante 01 was banned from screen and TV in many countries, and in some countries it was censored and cut short from the theatrical release footage.

In overall though boring and slow-paced Dante 01 was unique and memorable, and

    seemed to have references to Russian Parajanov's The Last Spring, with good mixture of Tarkovsky essences.

Carrying along all these within the familiar Alien genre space-horror cinema style it was not too hard to watch. A must see for space fiction fans.

Bibliography and References Used

http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~hbf/sfhist.html (history of space fiction)
http://spacefellowship.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?t=836 (space exploration in Christian perspective)
http://io9.com/5936924/10-myths-about-space-travel-that-make-science-fiction-better (breaking the rules of physics in space fiction)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/will-scientists-ever-discover-the-secret-of-immortality-7707372.html (discovery of the secret of immortality)
http://www.triumphpro.com/messiah-return-jubilee-year.htm (return of the Messiah)
http://www.gomorrahy.com/cbsa-piu-q2-08.pdf (pg:7 and p:16 for censorship)


Fear Of God, Future Societies, Myths About Space Travel, Religious Fantasy, Return Of Christ, Secret Of Immortality, Solaris, Space Laboratory

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Jan 2014 (#)

All our dreams will become possibilities but we cannot remain human, like babies cannot be in mothers' wombs forever! Thanks Sean for a thought provoking share - siva

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