Science Fiction, Part II

From the New Wave to Tomorrow

Science Fiction Part II

Taught by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis

What does it mean to be human? Are we alone? What wonders or terrors will tomorrow hold? Join award-winning scholar Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as she explores the ways in which the literature of science fiction over time has asked the question: “What if?” This course will consider the development of the genre from the emergence of the New Wave in the 1960s to today, with an eye toward how the great works and movements within science fiction both reflect the concerns and attitudes of their time and imagine beyond them. Discover why author Ray Bradbury said that science fiction reflects “the history of our civilization birthing itself.”

Science Fiction, Part II will meet Tuesday and Friday (primary lecture and closing session) from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (UTC-5)

Note:  While not required, familiarity with the themes from Science Fiction, Part I (Fall 2012) is strongly suggested.  Students who missed the Fall 2012 course are encouraged to purchase the Course Pack and will be given a 50% off code with enrollment in Science Fiction, Part II.  Buy one, get one half off!

Course Schedule

Week 1 (January 14-18):
The New Wave
“‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” by Harlan Ellison (1965)
“We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick (1966)
“Aye, And Gomorrah…” by Samuel R. Delany (1967)

CoursePackButton_MIWeek 2 (January 21-25):
“Literary” Science Fiction?
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (1969)

Week 3 (January 28-February 1):
Women of Wonder, Cons, and Textual Poachers
“When It Changed” by Joanna Russ (1972)
Houston, Houston, Do You Read? by James Tiptree, Jr. (1976)
“Speech Sounds” by Octavia Butler (1983)

Week 4 (February 4-8):
The Rise of Cyberpunk
Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)

Week 5 (February 11-15):
Science Fiction Goes to War
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (1986)

Week 6 (February 18-22):
Steampunk and Space Opera
Lord Kelvin’s Machine by James P. Blaylock (the 1985 novelette version, not the 1992 novel)
The Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold (1989)

Week 7 (February 25-March 1):
Television, Film, and the Question of Time
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (1992)

Week 8 (March 4-8):
The Return of “Hard Science”
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (1994)

Week 9 (March 11-15):
First Contacts, Past and Future
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (1996)
“The Undiscovered” by William Sanders (1997)

Week 10 (March 18-22):
Intertextuality, Transformations, and Reimaginings
A Study in Scarlet, Part 1 (1887), “The Final Problem” (1893), and “The Adventure of the Empty House” (1894) by Arthur Conan Doyle
“The Call of Cthulhu” by H.P. Lovecraft (1928)
A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman (2003)

Week 11 (March 25-29):
The Maturity of Young Adult Science Fiction
Genesis by Bernard Beckett (2006)

Week 12 (April 1-5):
The Future of the Genre
“Exhalation” by Ted Chaing (2008)
“Bridesicle” by Will McIntosh (2009)
“Movement” by Nancy Fulda (2011)

Required Texts

additional titles will be made available online

Original illustration by Elia Fernández, all rights reserved.