One of the main focal points of Glass Stars is transhumanism. The terrorist group responsible for the destruction of the planet is called United Against Transhumanism, so what is it exactly?
Transhumanism is a social and philosophical movement devoted to promoting the research and development of robust human-enhancement technologies. Such technologies would augment or increase human sensory reception, emotive ability, or cognitive capacity as well as radically improve human health and extend human life spans.
As you might imagine, the prospect of living a much longer life appeals to many, but there are socioeconomic repercussions to consider. Glass Stars seeks to tackle the subject of singularity and its consequences while maintaining a positive outlook on the overall goal of transhumanism, which is to allow humanity to transcend beyond its physical limitations and improve our quality of life.
Cyborgs, the simulacrum, transference of consciousness into other bodies and radical life extension procedures such as biosynthetic cloning are all key elements of the Glass Stars universe. Conversely, the opposing force at play is Charlie Aikens, the leader of United, who seeks to pull the plug, as it were, on these means of progress by attempting to destroy them so that humanity can start over, learn to accept its mortality and return to a more organic way of living.
In short, Glass Stars revolves around the struggle to define Mankind’s evolution, with transhumanism at the very heart.