The Literature of Drones: Ethics and Remote Killing in Ender’s Game

Ryder, Mike (2023) The Literature of Drones: Ethics and Remote Killing in Ender’s Game. Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction (144).

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Abstract

Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game (1985) envisages a world in which humans are removed from the process of warfare, replacing human-piloted aircraft and soldiers on the ground with remotely-controlled spaceships sent to destroy a distant alien foe. In this way, the novel pre-empts and engages with many of the issues we contend with to this day with drone warfare and the ethics of killing targets that have been selected by a machine. To this end, this paper explores the ethics and practical implications of remote killing in Ender’s Game, drawing on modern-day drone theory to examine key issues of responsibility, accountability and guilt. It also explores the relationship between the human and the machine, asking where we draw the line between the human and the robot, and to what extent the human serves as an alibi for robotic control.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
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Subjects:
?? drone theorydronesender's gameremote killingautonomyethicsvietnamscience fictioncold wargregoire chamayougilles deleuzeno - not fundedno ??
ID Code:
187545
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Deposited On:
14 Mar 2023 10:25
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Yes
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Published
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15 Jul 2024 22:59