Silent Running (1972)

The Last Frontier Left to Conquer:
Brief Reflections on Silent Running (1972)

Lowell, in his arguments with fellow crew members, explains that, on Earth, “there are no more frontiers left to conquer,” disclosing the colonialist mindsets of governance on Earth and their extension into space. With human action no longer confined to a finite Earth, expansionist ambitions find an outlet through the technical ingenuity of the Valley Forge’s sealed domes, stewarded by Lowell and his spiritual ethic.

Fall 2023
Text / Rami Kanafani