Technology, Environment and Sustainability of Lives: An Imperialistic Exploration of Prey by Michael Crichton


Technology, Environment and Sustainability of Lives: An Imperialistic Exploration of Prey by Michael Crichton

Aswathy C. N.

Aswathy C. N. "Technology, Environment and Sustainability of Lives: An Imperialistic Exploration of Prey by Michael Crichton" Published in International Journal of Trend in Research and Development (IJTRD), ISSN: 2394-9333, Special Issue | NSCCIGC-18 , March 2018, URL: http://www.ijtrd.com/papers/IJTRD16042.pdf

The present world scenario, on the verge of innovative inventions and discoveries, struggles hardto establish harmony with the nature and environment. The prominence of nature over human thoughts andtheir reflections paved way for the advent of Ecocriticism. Postcolonialism can be treated as a study oftheory and literature that exhibits coloniser-colonised experience. The tendency of colonialism and itsassociation with consciousness for environment paved way for the mode of ecological imperialism.Rather than the political and cultural tyranny the process of colonisation can be regarded as a form ofenvironmental terrorism. Ecological imperialism or more shortened term eco-imperialism can be regardedas the disregard of colonists towards the environment. They are invading by upsetting the natural balanceof the established ecological system. On the present scenario, one can experience the similar mentality ofimperialists who are ready to exploit the resources and destruct the nature under the pretext ofdevelopment. The threat of eco imperialism exists in the world in the form of advanced inventions likebioweapons and other nuclear hazards. The artificial synthesis of life becomes the major key in the novelentitled Prey by Michal Crichton. It is a cautionary tale about the upgradation of scientific andtechnological fields like genetic engineering and nanotechnology. Prey succeeds in its effort to portray theemerging conditions of ecological imperialism and neo-colonialism related with the technologicaladvancement and inventions. The present paper is an attempt to analyse the traces of eco imperialism in thescience fictional work Prey.

Postcolonialism, Technology, Eco-imperialism, Science fiction


Special Issue | NSCCIGC-18 , March 2018

2394-9333

IJTRD16042