Posthumans Go Hollywood! (Maybe.)Charlie Jane Anders2/09/09 6:06pmFiled to: posthumansMoviesBooksTelevisionTopCharles StrossOctavia ButlerKazuo IshiguroMichel HouellebecqsurrogatesAvatarJames Cameron591EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkAre we finally going to get a posthuman mass culture? With movies like Surrogates and Avatar hitting theaters later this year, it may be now or never.Both Surrogates and Avatar feature posthuman heroes, in very different ways. And television's Lost is starting to look as though its protagonists are going to wind up evolving past their standard-issue humanity. But Hollywood has tried to explore posthuman ideas in the past, but has either fallen flat or lapsed into standard "fear the other" tropes. But this time around, things may be different, because books have shown the way forward, and we need a new dose of optimism and escapism. Will posthumans finally conquer our screens? Maybe.