As I watched Westworld, I noticed something very familiar in how they created the androids. In this photo, a freshly made android is being dunked in a tank of milky fluid to give it the appearance of a human being. This reminded me of the opening credits of the anime Ghost in the Shell in which Motoko Kusanagi’s cyborg body was being created. Just like this android in Westworld, her cyborg body was dunked in a milky fluid that gave her the appearance of a human being. This is not the first time someone based their science fiction works on elements from Ghost in the Shell. The Wachowski Brothers drew inspiration from the anime when they created The Matrix Trilogy. I, myself, drew inspiration from Ghost in the Shell while writing the creation of the supervillain Cyber Shadow in my Young Guardians Series. Overall, it looks like Westworld is Jurassic Park meets Ghost in the Shell meets Blade Runner.
I have developed an interest in robot fighting because of the all-out carnage the robots inflict on one another. There have been so many technological innovations with each robot in the competition that I often wonder how much more robot technology will advance in the distant future. With this in mind, I am planning to draw inspiration from modern day robot fighting to create a sport that will take place in the interstellar government of my sequel series. Since one of the main characters is an android, this would be an ideal competition for him to participate in.
In the science fiction genre, there are a wide variety of mechanical beings: robots, androids, and cyborgs. The robot is conspicuously a machine, the android is human in appearance but is one hundred percent synthetic, and the cyborg is either an organic being with mechanical parts or a machine with organic parts. The one that I am intrigued with are androids because they are realistic imitations of a living being. Androids will play a significant role in my upcoming third volume because three new characters will revolve around the concept of the android, each having abilities that focus on either brain, brawn, or speed. If the human body is capable of these aspects, imagine how much further an android could push these abilities. Similar to Cyber Shadow, their physical conditioning will be considerably different than that of an organic being. I won’t reveal the full details of these characters or their backstory until the third volume is released, but what I can tell you is that one of them will have a very personal impact on one of the main characters.