The use of technology to further human evolution is a familiar theme in Clarke's fiction. Chapter 7 is an editorial from the April 15, 2007 London Times which urges that the Titanic be left alone: "There is no need to revisit her to be reminded of the most important lesson the Titanic can teach—the dangers of over-confidence, of technological hubris." As the plot develops, Clarke weaves his characters' lives through complications that echo the editorial. Edith and Donald Craig both make their careers and their fortunes from computer programming, yet Edith's mental collapse involves, in part, entrapment in Mandelbrot graphics. Donald, as mentioned above, devises a way to use those same graphics to "bring her back," but yet loses her to her psychiatric nurse. Similarly, Roy Emerson has made a fortune with his subsonic Wave Wiper, but none of his subsequent inventions carry on the market. Jason Bradley, the noted deep-sea diving technician, has worked with advancing undersea vehicle technology throughout his career. Ultimately, he dies attempting to use an escape pod. Theoretically, the emergency vehicle should have withstood the pressure of the deepwater—but in reality, it had never been tested at the depth at which Bradley was trapped. Thus these characters' lives have been made and unmade through their involvement with technology.
Between its sinking in 1912 and its location in 1985 in the Grand Banks region of the North Atlantic...
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