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Themes in Science Fiction Literature - Course Guide: Start

A guide for the course, Themes in Science Fiction Literature.
WEEK ONE
Day Readings / Topic In-Class / Assignments Due
1/3
MON

Day 1 - What Even Is Science Fiction?

Before Our First Meeting:

If your last name starts with the letters A-K read:

If your last name starts with the letters L-Z read:

If you're a rebel/you just want to read everything:

  • Read both.
Optional:
  • “Chapter 1: Before the Creation” in Time Machines: The Story of the Science-Fiction Pulp Magazines from the beginning to 1950 by Mike Ashley (Moodle)
    → A history of magazine publishing and SF pre-1926, if that's what you want.
  • "On the Poetics of the Science Fiction Genre" (1972) by Darko Suvin in Rob Latham, Science Fiction Criticism : An Anthology of Essential Writings
    → A dense but influential attempt at creating a theoretical definition of SF.

NOTHING TO TURN IN

  1. Is it science fiction? (slides)
  2. Getting to know you - Reading discussion (in slides)
  3. Introducing our Table of SF Themes
  4. FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK
  5. How this class is organized
  6. Students in randomized order select their preferred group.
  7. Introduce Day 2 readings and SYNOPSIS REWRITE assignment – DUE WEDNESDAY, 1/12
1/4
TUE

Day 2 - The Pulp Era - Interwar Period

Whole Class:

  1. Hugo Gernsback, “A New Sort of Magazine,” in Amazing Stories, No. 1, April 1926 (Moodle)
  2. “Chapter 1: Faithful to Thee, Terra, in Our Fashion,” in The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction by Justine Larbalestier (Moodle)

Optional:

Group 1 aka TEAM ROBOT:
  1. “R.U.R.” by Karel Kapek in Leigh Grossman, ed., Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction(Moodle)

    → Text-to-speech may work better with this Project Gutenberg version.

    → Ensemble audiobook performance of the play at LibriVox.org (run-time: 1 hour, 47 min).

Optional:

Group 2 aka TEAM MARS:
  1. “A Martian Odyssey” and “The Valley of Dreams” by Stanley G. Weinbaum in Wonder Stories, July & Nov. 1934 (Moodle)

    → Both stories available in a much more text-to-speech friendly format via Project Gutenberg.

Optional:

Group 3 aka TEAM SPACE CADET:
  1. “The Skylark of Space,” Part 1 by E.E. "Doc" Smith* and Lee Hawkins Garby in Leigh Ronald Grossman, ed., Sense of Wonder : A Century of Science Fiction (Moodle)

    → with biographical note and article on "Space Opera" by David Steiling; original format with illustrations at this link.

    → You don't need to read parts two (Sept. 1928) and three (Nov. 1938), but there they are.

Optional:

Group 4 aka TEAM WE’RE ALL DOOMED:
  1. “The Fate of the Poseidonia,” by Clare Winger Harris in Larbalestier, Daughters of Earth

Optional:

  • “Illicit Reproduction: Clare Winger Harris’s ‘The Fate of the Poseidonia’” by Jane Donawerth in Larbalestier, Daughters of Earth
  • Introduction by Brad Ricca to The Artificial Man and Other Stories by Clare Winger Harris

DUE: 1-page response to your group's readings.

  1. Discuss GROUP READINGS
  2. Lecture and whole class discussion
  3. FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK
  4. Groups present findings to the class.
  5. Introduce Day 3 readings
1/5
WED

Day 3 - The Golden Age

Whole Class:

  • “Prologue: Asimov’s Sword” in John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction by Alec Nevala-Lee (Moodle)
Optional:

Group 1 aka TEAM ROBOT:
  1. "The Artificial Man" by Clare Winger Harris in The Artificial Man and Other Stories (Moodle)
  2. “Helen O’Loy” by Lester Del Rey in And Some Were Human : Tales of Soaring Science Fantasy (Moodle)

    → Originally published in Astounding Science Fiction December 1938.

    → A good candidate for a synopsis rewrite; also, Thomas M. Disch has some astute commentary on R.U.R. and this story towards the end of his introduction to The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of.

Group 2 aka TEAM MARS:
  1. “The Last Days of Shandakor” by Leigh Brackett in Startling Stories, April 1952 (Moodle)

Optional:

Group 3 aka TEAM SPACE CADET:
  1. “The Conquest of Gola” by Leslie F. Stone
  2. “The Conquest of Gernsback: Leslie F. Stone and the Subversion of Science Fiction Tropes” by Brian Atteberry in Larbalestier, ed. Daughters of Earth (31pgs)
Group 4 aka TEAM WE’RE ALL DOOMED:
  1. First tale of City by Clifford D. Simak (Moodle)
  2. Chapters 1 and 2 from Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (Moodle)

Optional:

DUE: 1-page response to your group's readings.

  1. Discuss GROUP READINGS
  2. Lecture and whole class discussion
  3. FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK
  4. Groups present findings to the class.
  5. Introduce Day 4 readings
1/6
THU

Day 4 - The Golden Age Continued

Whole Class:

  1. Start reading “Fault: Love, Sex, and Women in Science Fiction” in The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction by Justine Larbalestier, pp. 104-124 (20pgs) (Moodle)
Optional:
  • “Fiction, 1950-1962” (pp. 80-89) by Rob Latham in Butler et. al. The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (9pgs) (Moodle)

Group 1 aka TEAM ROBOT:
  1. “No Woman Born” by C.L. Moore, Astounding Science Fiction, pp. 134-176 (Moodle) (42pgs)
Group 2 aka TEAM MARS:
  1. “And The Moon Be Still As Bright” and "The Million Year Picnic" in The Martian Chronicles (1950) by Ray Bradbury (Moodle)

Optional:

Group 3 aka TEAM SPACE CADET:
  1. “Death of a Spaceman” by Walter M. Miller from Leigh Grossman, ed., Sense of Wonder : A Century of Science Fiction
  2. "No Light in the Window" by Kate Wilhelm in Larbalestier, Daughters of Earth (pp. 97-106)

Optional:

  • "Cold War Masculinity in the Early Work of Kate Wilhelm" by Josh Lukin in Larbalestier, Daughters of Earth (pp. 107-129)
Group 4 aka TEAM WE’RE ALL DOOMED:
  1. "That Only a Mother" by Judith Merrill in Astounding Science Fiction June 1948
  2. “Created He Them” by Alice Eleanor Jones in Larbalestier, Daughters of Earth (pp. 67-75)

Optional:

  • “From Ladies’ Home Journal to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction: 1950s SF, the Offbeat Romance Story, and the Case of Alice Eleanor Jones” by Lisa Yaszek in Larbalestier, Daughters of Earth

Provisional Group 5 aka TEAM ISAAC:
  1. “The Last Question” by Isaac Asimov (Moodle)

    → I couldn't kick Asimov off the syllabus, so I'm taking volunteers for a one day TEAM ISAAC.

Optional:

  • "Introduction : The Robot Chronicles" by Isaac Asimov in Robot Visions

DUE: 1-page response to your group's readings.

  1. Discuss GROUP READINGS
  2. Lecture and whole class discussion
  3. FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK
  4. Groups present findings to the class.
  5. Introduce Day 5 readings
1/7
FRI

Day 5 - The Paperback Era

Whole Class:

  1. Finish reading “Fault: Love, Sex, and Women in Science Fiction” in The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction by Justine Larbalestier, pp. 125-144 (20pgs) (Moodle)
Optional:

Group 1 aka TEAM ROBOT:
  1. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Chapters 9 - 11 (1968) by Philip K. Dick (Moodle)
Group 2 aka TEAM MARS:
  1. A Stranger in a Strange Land, ch. 8 (& short excerpts on Martian language and culture) by Robert Heinlein (Moodle)
Group 3 aka TEAM SPACE CADET:
  1. Forever War (excerpt) by Joe Haldeman, pp. 118-166 (Moodle)
  2. "Military Science Fiction" by James D. McDonald from Leigh Grossman, ed., Sense of Wonder : A Century of Science Fiction (Moodle)
Group 4 aka TEAM WE’RE ALL DOOMED:
  1. Chapters 1-2 of The Drowned World (1962) by J.G. Ballard (Moodle)
  2. Chapters 5-6 of The Drought (1964; alt title: The Burning World) by J.G. Ballard (Moodle)

DUE: 1-page response to your group's readings.

  1. Discuss GROUP READINGS
  2. Lecture and whole class discussion
  3. FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK
  4. Groups present findings to the class.
  5. Introduce Week 2 agenda and readings
WEEK TWO
Day Readings / Topic In-Class / Assignments Due
1/10
MON

Day 6 - The New Wave

Whole Class:

  1. Introduction by Andrew Nette and Iain McIntyre in Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 – 1985 (Nette and McIntyre, eds.) 
  2. "Imagining New Worlds : Sci-Fi and the Vietnam War" by Rjurik Davidson, ibid.
Optional
  • "Guest Editorial : Which Way to Inner Space?" by J.G. Ballard in New Worlds, May 1962
  • “A New Literature for the Space Age” by Michael Moorcock, New Worlds, May-June 1964, Vol. 48, No. 142 (Moodle)
  • “Introduction: Thirty-Two Soothsayers” by Harlan Ellison in Dangerous Visions #1 (Moodle)
Group 1 aka TEAM ROBOT
  1. “When It Changed” by Joanna Russ in Again, Dangerous Visions (Moodle)

Optional

Group 2 aka TEAM MARS
  1. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, Chapters 1-3, pp. 1-42

Optional

  • "Le Guin introduces Le Guin: A Citizen of Mondath" by Ursula Le Guin in The Language of the Night : Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Introduction by David Mitchell to The Left Hand of Darkness : 50th Anniversary Edition
Groups 3 aka TEAM SPACE CADET:
  1. “Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones” by Samuel R. Delany, from New Worlds, December 1968 (Moodle)
Groups 4 aka TEAM WE'RE ALL DOOMED:
  1. Ice by Anna Kavan, Parts 1-4, pp. 3-49.

Optional:

  • "Foreword: Gazing at Ice" by Jonathan Lethem in Ice: 50th Anniversary Edition

DUE: 1-page response to your group's readings.

  1. Discuss GROUP READINGS
  2. Lecture and whole class discussion
  3. FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK
  4. Introduce SF Magazine Comparison Report assignment - DUE Monday, Jan. 17 at Midnight
  5. Groups present findings to the class.
  6. Discuss strategies for reading and comprehending New Wave SF novels.
1/11
TUE

Day 7 - New Wave SF Novels, First Day

Whole Class:

  • No whole class readings; each of your novels is stylistically challenging. Consider what strategies you can use to make it easier to wrap your head around your book. What's confusing?
  • Consult the glossaries and notes I will provide for each novel for further help.

Optional:

  • None. Focus on getting a handle on how to comprehend your group's book.
Group 1 aka TEAM ROBOT:
  1. The Female Man by Joanna Russ, Parts 1-3, pp. 1-56.
Group 2 aka TEAM MARS:
  1. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, Chapter 4-7, pp. 43-96
Group 3 aka TEAM SPACE CADET:
  1. Memoirs of a Space Woman by Naomi Mitchison, Chapters 1-4, pp. 5-54.
Group 4 aka TEAM WE’RE ALL DOOMED:
  1. Ice by Anna Kavan, Parts 5-8, pp. 53-103.

DUE: 1-page response to your group's readings.

  1. Whole Class Question and Answer: What issues did we run into with our first foray into New Wave SF novels? What are some strategies we can use?
  2. Discuss GROUP READINGS
  3. FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK
  4. Go over the rubric for the Final Paper
  5. DUE Thursday, Jan. 13: Come up with a topic for your Final Paper and sign up for a research conference slot.
  6. Groups present findings to the class.
  7. Introduce Day 8 whole class readings
1/12
WED

Day 8 - New Wave SF Novels, Second Day

Whole Class:

  1. "The Image of Women in Science Fiction" by Joanna Russ in Science Fiction Criticism : An Anthology of Essential Writings edited by Rob Latham
  2. "American SF and the Other" by Ursula K. Le Guin in Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 2, No. 3, The Science Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin (Nov., 1975), pp. 208-210
Optional:
  • "Science Fiction, Gender, and Sexuality in the New Wave" by Lauren J. Lacey in The Cambridge History of Science Fiction edited by Gerry Canavan and Eric Carl Link

Group 1 aka TEAM ROBOT:
  1. The Female Man by Joanna Russ, Parts 4-5, pp. 57-105
Group 2 aka TEAM MARS:
  1. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, Chapters 8-11, pp. 97-160
Group 3 aka TEAM SPACE CADET:
  1. Memoirs of a Spacewoman by Naomi Mitchison, Chapters 5-8, pp. 55-115
Group 4 aka TEAM WE’RE ALL DOOMED:
  1. Ice by Anna Kavan, Parts 5-8, pp. 53-103.

DUE: 1-page response to your group's readings.

  1. Check in: Do we need to make any adjustments to the schedule to complete the reading of these novels?
  2. Discuss GROUP READINGS
  3. FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK
  4. Groups 1 and 2 discuss Female Man and Left Hand. Groups 3 and 4 discuss Memoirs of a Spacewoman and Ice.
  5. Example Final Paper topics. Example Final Paper structures.
  6. Introduce Day 9 whole class readings
  7. Volunteers present Synopsis Rewrites
1/13
THU

Day 9 - New Wave SF Novels, Third Day

Whole Class:

  1. "Lost Races of Science Fiction" by Octavia E. Butler in Octavia E. Butler : Kindred, Fledgling, Collected Stories edited by Gerry Canavan and Nisi Shawl
  2. "Racism and Science Fiction" by Samuel R. Delany in The New York Review of Science Fiction, August 1998
Group 1 aka TEAM ROBOT:
  1. The Female Man by Joanna Russ, Parts 6-7, pp. 105-155.
Group 2 aka TEAM MARS:
  1. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, Chapters 12-16, pp. 161-235
Group 3 aka TEAM SPACE CADET:
  1. Memoirs of a Spacewoman by Naomi Mitchison, Chapters 9-14, pp. 116-176
Group 4 aka TEAM WE’RE ALL DOOMED:
  1. Ice by Anna Kavan, Parts 12-15, pp. 141-182.

Optional:

  • Afterword by Kate Zambreno in Ice: 50th Anniversary Edition

DUE: 1-page response to your group's readings.

  1. Discuss GROUP READINGS
  2. Groups 1 and 3 discuss The Female Man and Memoirs of a Spacewoman. Groups 2 and 4 discuss The Left Hand of Darkness and Ice.
  3. Research topic conferences.
    FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK
  4. Progress check: How's it going? What challenges might there be in integrating these novels into our Final Papers?
  5. Further discuss SF Magazine Comparison Report; introduce Week 3 guest speakers and how to prepare for their visits
  6. Volunteers share Synopsis Rewrites
1/14
FRI

Day 10 - New Wave SF Novels, Last Day

Whole Class:

  • None. Finish reading your group's novel.
Group 1 aka TEAM ROBOT:
  1. The Female Man by Joanna Russ, Parts 8-9, pp. 157-214.

Optional:

  • Prologue and Afterword to How to Suppress Women's Writing by Joanna Russ
Group 2 aka TEAM MARS:
  1. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, Chapters 17-20, pp. 237-300

Optional:

  • "Is Gender Necessary?" by Ursula K. Le Guin in The Language of the Night : Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction
Group 3 aka TEAM SPACE CADET:
  1. "And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill Side" by James Tiptree Jr. in Larbalestier, ed., Daughters of Earth (8pgs)

Optional:

  • "(Re)Reading James Tiptree Jr.'s "And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill Side" by Wendy Pearson in Larbalestier, ed., Daughters of Earth (21pgs)
Group 4 aka TEAM WE’RE ALL DOOMED:
  1. "The Evening and the Morning and the Night" by Octavia E. Butler in Larbalestier, ed., Daughters of Earth

Optional:

  • "Octavia Butler--Praise Song to a Prophetic Artist" by Andrea Hairston in Larbalestier, ed. Daughters of Earth

DUE: 1-page response to your group's readings.

  1. Discuss GROUP READINGS
  2. Groups 1 and 4 discuss The Female Man and Ice. Groups 2 and 3 discuss The Left Hand of Darkness and Memoirs of a Spacewoman.
  3. Research topic conferences.
    FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK
  4. Reflection: What surprised you about these novels? How are they similar or different to your ideas about sf coming into the class?
  5. Progress check SF Magazine Comparison Report and Introduction to Week Three
WEEK THREE
Day Readings / Topic In-Class / Assignments Due
1/17
MON

Day 11 - Cyberpunk

Whole Class:

  1. "The Winter Market" in Burning Chrome by William Gibson
Optional:
  • "Cyberpunk and Post-Cyberpunk" by Graham J. Murphy in The Cambridge History of Science Fiction
  • Bruce Sterling and William Gibson - Preface and Introduction to Burning Chrome
  • BONUS Gibson story: "Johnny Mnemonic"

    → The basis for a hilariously bad Keanu Reeves movie that preceded The Matrix (which also owes a lot, aesthetically, to Gibson.)

  • An excerpt from John Shirley's City Come A-Walkin' with preface by William Gibson
 
Group 1 aka TEAM ROBOT:
  1. "Rachel in Love" by Pat Murphy in Justine Larbalestier, ed., Daughters of Earth (27pgs)

Optional:

  • "Simians, Cyborgs, and Women in 'Rachel in Love'" by Joan Haran in Larbalestier, Daughters of Earth
Group 2 aka TEAM MARS:
  1. Excerpt from Frontera by Lewis Shiner

Optional:

  • TBD
Group 3 aka TEAM SPACE CADET:
  1. "Swarm" and "Spider Rose" by Bruce Sterling, from Schismatrix Plus

    → Sterling's pretty uneven but I liked these two.

Optional:

  • TBD
Group 4 aka TEAM WE’RE ALL DOOMED:
  1. "The Fittest" (1985) by George Turner (Moodle)
  2. Excerpt from Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach (Moodle)

Optional:

DUE: 1-page response to your group's readings.

  1. Discuss GROUP READINGS
  2. Lecture and whole class discussion
  3. FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK
  4. Volunteers to present SF Magazine Comparison Report early
  5. Groups present findings to the class.
  6. Discuss what questions we'll have for tomorrow's guest speaker
1/18
TUE

Day 12 - Guest Speaker; Research Day

Whole Class:

  • No whole class reading; complete Science Fiction Magazine Report.
  • Come prepared with questions for our guest speaker about the changing face of fandom, the process of editing a SF magazine, and other topics.

All Groups:

  • Start reading the (longer) group reads for Wednesday, January 19.
Science Fiction Magazine Report due.
Present in class.
Discuss readings for Wednesday and Thursday
15 MINUTE BREAK
Come with questions about writing and editing science fiction and fantasy for our guest speaker, Lynne M. Thomas.
 
About Lynne M. ThomasLynne M. Thomas is the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Rare Book and Manuscript Professor and Head of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and with her husband Michael Damian Thomas is co-editor-in-chief of Uncanny Magazine, which won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine for four years in a row from 2016 to 2020, and won the British Fantasy Award in 2019 for Best Magazine/Periodical. She was also awarded the 2012 and 2013 Hugo Awards for Best Fancast for the SF Squeecast (with Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente), and was awarded with Tara O'Shea the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Related Work for their book Chicks Dig Time Lords about Dr. Who and the changing faces of fandom.

This year Uncanny Magazine was once again nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine, with two stories, “Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher (Uncanny Magazine, September/October 2020) and “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse” by Rae Carson (Uncanny Magazine, January/February 2020) nominated in the Best Short Story category, with the former taking this year's award.

In addition to her work as an editor, as an archivist at Northern Illinois University, Thomas oversaw the donation and processing of the papers of numerous science fiction authors including "Jack McDevitt, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, Tobias Buckell, Caroline Stevermer, Kage Baker, Tamora Pierce, Eric Flint, Jody Lynn Nye, David Weber, Robert Asprin, Sarah Prineas, Nnedi Okorafor, Catherynne M. Valente, Mary Robinette Kowal, Patricia Wrede, Will Shetterly, Tim Pratt, Heather Shaw, Alma Alexander, Sharon Shinn, Carol Emshwiller," as well as the institutional papers of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
1/19
WED

Day 13 - Post-Cyberpunk(s) : Steampunk; Biopunk; The New Space Opera, Transhumanism

Whole Class:

  1. "Fiction Since 1992" by Paul Kincaid in Butler et. al. The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (9pgs) (Moodle)
  2. "N.K. Jemisin's third Hugo Awards win is a victory against extremism" by Aja Romano, Vox.com
Group 1 aka TEAM ROBOT:
  1. "The Wedding Album" by David Marusek in Getting to Know You : Stories (Moodle)
Group 2 aka TEAM MARS:
  1. Excerpt from Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  2. "Great Wall of Mars" by Alastair Reynolds

Optional:

  • Chapter on The Mars Trilogy from Imagining Mars : A Literary History
Group 3 aka TEAM SPACE CADET:
  1. Short story/excerpts by Alastair Reynolds, others (?)

    → TBD

Optional:

  • TBD
Group 4 aka TEAM WE’RE ALL DOOMED:
  1. "The Calorie Man" and "The People of Sand and Slag" in Pump Six and Other Stories by Paolo Bacigalupi

Optional:

Provisional Group 5 aka TEAM STEAMPUNK:
  1. "Lord Kelvin's Machine" by James P. Blaylock in Steampunk edited by Anne and Jeff VanderMeer

Optional:

DUE: 1-page response to your group's readings.

  1. Discuss GROUP READINGS
  2. Lecture and whole class discussion
  3. FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK
  4. Progress check: How are the Final Papers coming along?
  5. Groups present findings to the class.
  6. Discuss what questions we'll have for our guest speakers on Thursday
1/20
THU

Day 14 - International SF, Africanfuturism

Whole Class:

  1. "Contemporary Science Fiction and Afrofuturism" by Isiah Lavender III in The Cambridge History of Science Fiction edited by Gerry Canavan and Eric Carl Link
  2. "World SF : Our Possible Future" by Charles Tan, Apex Magazine, Issue 35, April 2012; Editor's note on Apex Book of World SF 2
Optional:
  1. "Twenty-First Century Chinese Science Fiction on the Rise: Anti-Authoritarianism and Dreams of Freedom" by Hua Li, ibid.
  2. "Ciencia ficción / Ficção científica from Latin America" by Rachel Haywood Ferreira, ibid.
  3. "Science Fiction and the Global South" by Hugh Charles O'Connell, ibid.
 
Group 1 aka TEAM ROBOT:
  1. "Red_Bati" by Dilman Dilla in Dominion : An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora edited by Ekpeki Oghenochove Donald and Michelle Knight

Optional:

Group 2 aka TEAM MARS:
  1. "The Girl Who Stared at Mars" by Cristy Zinn in AfroSFv3 edited by Ivor Hartmann
Group 3 aka TEAM SPACE CADET:
  1. "Drift Flux" in Incomplete Solutions by Wole Talabi

Optional:

Group 4 aka TEAM WE’RE ALL DOOMED:
  1.  "Ife-Iyoku : The Tale of Imadeyunuagbon" by Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald in Dominion : An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora edited by Ekpeki and Zelda Knight (Winner of the 2021 Sidewise Award)

DUE: 1-page response to your group's readings.

  1. Discuss GROUP READINGS
  2. Lecture and whole class discussion
  3. FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK
  4. Groups present findings to the class.
  5. Discuss what questions we'll have for tomorrow's guest speakers
1/21
FRI

Day 15 - Guest Speakers; Research Day

Whole Class:

  • No whole class reading.
  • Come prepared with questions for our guest speakers about Afro- and Africanfuturism, the process of editing magazines and anthologies, and other topics.

All Groups:

  • Complete a first draft of your Final Paper.

A. First draft of Final Paper due. B. Come with questions about writing and editing Afro- and Africanfuturist SF for our guest speakers Zelda Knight and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki.

Workshop final papers.

15 MINUTE BREAK

About Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki is an African speculative fiction writer and editor from Nigeria. He won the Nommo award for best short story for an African in 2019, the 2020 Otherwise award and the HWA diversity grant. He is a finalist in the Nebula, Locus, BSFA, BFA, Sturgeon, This Is Horror and Nommo awards. He co-edited the Dominion anthology, is guest editor at Interstellar Flight Press and editor of the first ever Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction anthology. His written works, have appeared and are forthcoming in Tor.com, NBC, Strange Horizons, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Galaxy’s Edge and more.

About Zelda Knight

Zelda Knight sells books by day at PRIDE BOOK CAFÉ, and writes sci-fi and fantasy romance at night. She’s also the publisher and editor-in-chief of AURELIA LEO, an independent Nebula Award-nominated press based in Louisville, Kentucky. Zelda co-edited Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora (AURELIA LEO, 2020), which has received critical acclaim. Keep in touch on social media @AuthorZKnight. Or, visit her website.

WEEK FOUR
Day Readings / Topic In-Class / Assignments Due
1/24
MON

Day 16 - SF Films; Bonus Stories?

Whole Class:

  • We are required to use these days for instruction, but I'm flexible about how we will use them. One option is we could devote half of this day to some additional "Bonus Stories"; however, I don't want to add to your workload. We can also devote both day to watching a SF film.

All Groups:

  • Complete your Final Paper.

NOTHING DUE; FINAL PAPER DUE MIDNIGHT TUESDAY, JANUARY 25.

Further resources for reading, writing, and researching SF beyond this class.

Watch a SF film? Discuss bonus stories?

Additional assistance/conferences about the Final Paper.

1/25
TUE

Day 17 - Last Day of Class

Whole Class:

  • No readings. We'll continue watching/talking about a SF film.

All Groups:

  • Complete your Final Papers.

FINAL PAPER DUE AT MIDNIGHT.

Reflection: How does what you read in this class compare to your ideas about science fiction prior to taking this class?

Reflection: Favorite story? Least favorite? Recommendations for future iterations of this class? Things you wish we spent more or less time on?

Additional assistance/conferences about the Final Paper.

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