Analysis Of Charles Stross's 'Rogue Farm'

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In "Rogue Farm," Charles Stross tells the story of a unique creature, called the farm, entering the lives of Joe and Maddie. Set in a futuristic society, the farm, who is a collection of individuals rather than a unique being, is a product of symbiogenesis. The farm is attempting to go to Jupiter to join a collective. In the beginning, Joe and Maddie both dislike the farm and work to get the farm off their land. However, the farm fails to listen and starts planting roots for trees next to the stream, which is close to Joe and Maddie 's property. Joe and Maddie know that when the farm goes to Jupiter, it will destroy a lot of land in the process. As a result, both of them attempt to get rid of it. Joe goes to see someone who previously had farm issues. On the other hand, Maddie begins to sympathize with the farm more as the story goes on. She likes the idea of being a collective rather than just an individual. Maddie believes that members of the collective can still be individuals and have certain advantages like "not growing older, being able to go places and survive anything, never being on your own, not bein ' trapped" (Stross 36). In the end, Maddie finds "bodies are overrated" (Stross 36) and decides to combine with the farm. Through Bollinger 's "Symbiogenesis, Selfhood, and Science Fiction," she contends that humans live an individualistic life, while Maddie 's action of symbiogenesis "generates a new self, amplified and improved but still with full agency for both
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