English | Introduction to Science Fiction
L230 | 24450 | De Witt Douglas Kilgore


L230 24450 INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE FICTION
De Witt Douglas Kilgore

10:10a-11:00a MWF (20 students) 3 cr., A&H

TOPIC:  “Finding New Worlds:  The Evolution of American Science
Fiction”

Over the eighty years of its development American science fiction
(SF) has become a rich body of texts dramatizing the interaction of
science, technology, and society, exploring the connection between
physical knowledge, private aspiration, and public destiny.  The
principal aim of this course will be to examine SF as a genre that
comments on our present by imagining future alternatives.  We will
attend to how the genre links developments in science and technology
with ongoing social concerns regarding race, gender, and our desire
to improve humankind.  We will explore how the genre's conventions
address earthly fears and hopes through themes such as space travel,
alien contact, robotics, technological utopianism, and human
evolution.  Authors will likely include Issac Asimov, Robert A.
Heinlein, C.L. Moore, Arthur C. Clarke, and Joanna Russ.  Critical
readings will supplement our reading, thinking, writing and
discussion.

This course requires two papers (3-5 typewritten pages, double-
spaced), two exams, one research team project, active and informed
classroom participation and attendance.