Instructor: Joseph Ugoretz
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:10 PM
Macaulay Honors College, Classroom 3S
For most people today, Science Fiction is a term which usually applies to the movies. But we’re going to be considering Science Fiction as a literary genre (although we will be seeing a few films). We’re going to be looking at the place of Science Fiction in literature, and the literature in Science Fiction…but we’ll also be talking and thinking about Science Fiction’s place and role in popular culture. We’ll also look at connections between science and science fiction, and how the two feed on (and challenge and distress) each other. We’ll want to see how and why science fiction has become, in the words of author Thomas Disch, “the dreams our stuff is made of.”
If the visions of science fiction are visions of our universe, we’ll want to see what shapes and informs those visions, and how the different universes science fiction explores fit into (or become) our own universe.
The themes we’ll explore may include:
|The Martian||Andy Weir||0553418025|
|Hominids||Robert J. Sawyer||0765392348|
|Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep||Phillip K. Dick||0345404475|
|Ender’s Game||Orson Scott Card||0812550706|
|Underground Airline||Ben Winters||0316261254|
|The Female Man||Joanna Russ||0807062995|
Plus other short stories freely available online.
Interested in this course? Please contact your advisor.