Schedule

ERES PASSWORD: 5000mn
Books to Buy:
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, vol. 1, ed. Robert Silverberg
Octavia Butler, The Parable of the Sower
Jeff Vandermeer, Annihalation

Posting groups:
Group One:  Clara Bass, Aria Bowden, Danny Chen, Kennedy Coleman, Johnny Hobart, Nathaniel Klein, Griffin Knapp
Group Two: Joseph Levine, Adonis Luna, Henry Mooers, Anthony Petrosinelli, Graham Rainsby, Sam Rinzler
Group Three: Ben Barry, Austin Cashwell, Jasmine Chau, Erick Felix, Adam Guo
Group Four: Will Koch, Natalie Meyer, Jacob Morton, Elise Park, Colin Paskewitz, Chase Royer

Reading and Assignments:

I  Intro and Origins
Week 1
Th 2/25
1) Watch Leave it to Roll-Oh (1940; about 8 minutes long)
2) Make your first post (see links immediately below)
3)  Look through course site.

Post with your Group: [1][2][3][4]
To find your group, look in the list at the top of the schedule.  If you need directions on how to post, click here or on the “Posting with Your Group” tab in the menu at the top of this page.  All posts over the semester, including this one, should be up on the site by midnight on the relevant day.

F 2/26  Zoom Discussion [Section Y: 11:30-12:20]      [Section Z: 1:50-2:40]

Week 2 Foundations and the Pulp Era:  Space Opera and Hard SF
T 3/2   Stories in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, vol 1, ed Robert Silverberg.
• Stanley Weinbaum, “A Martian Odyssey,” 1934 (at Project Gutenberg) and “The Parasite Planet (at Project Gutenberg), 1935” 
Slides/Lecture:  Science Fiction, Pulp Magazines, and Alternative Worlds

Post with your Group: [1][2][3][4]

Th 3/4  Hard Sci Fi and the “Golden Age”  Stories in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, vol 1, ed. Robert Silverberg.
• Tom Godwin, “The Cold Equations,” 1954
• Robert Heinlein, “The Roads Must Roll,” 1940
• Lester Del Rey, “Helen O’Loy,” 1938
“John Campbell was a Fucking Fascist”: Astounding Stories and SF in the “Golden Age”

Post with your Group: [1][2][3][4]

F 3/5 Zoom Discussion [Section Y: 11:30-12:20]      [Section Z: 1:50-2:40]

II ALIEN INVADERS
Week 3  Martians and Panic in Depression-era Manhattan
T 3/9 Orson Welles, War of the Worlds, 1938. (Radio Theater)
Listen to the recorded broadcast at this link:  Mercury Theater, War of the Worlds (Scroll and you’ll find it.)
Script of the Broadcast for reading along  (optional)
Slides/Lecture: War of the Worlds:  Mass Media, Panic, and Mechanized War
”Radio Listeners in Panic, Taking War Drama as Fact,” New York Times, October 31, 1938. p. 1.

No posts today.  Work on recording for next class.

Th 3/11
Write and record a short (250-400 words) radio play in which the speaker witnesses an Alien invasion of the earth.  This could be a monologue, with just one  person speaking.  You could also speak in multiple voices yourself or call on a friend or two to record with you.  This is NOT meant to be slapstick. You can use your phone or whatever recording device you prefer.  Work in a serious voice.

Post your recording:   [1][2][3][4]

F 3/12 Zoom Discussion–We’ll listen to some of the recordings.   [Section Y: 11:30-12:20]      [Section Z: 1:50-2:40]

Week 4 Cold War and the New Wave of SF
T 3/16 Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Slides/Lecture: Fahrenheit 451:  Dystopia, Consumerism,  Nuclear Families, and the Bomb

Post with your Group: [1][2][3][4]

Th 3/18 Movie:  Watch Stanley Kubrick, Doctor Strangelove (1964).
Slides/Lecture:  Learning to Love the Bomb: Satire, SF, and Nuclear Armageddon

Post with your Group: [1][2][3][4]

F 3/19 Zoom Discussion [Section Y: 11:30-12:20]      [Section Z: 1:50-2:40]

Week 5
T 3/23 Kurt Vonnegut, “Harrison Bergeron” (1961) and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” 1953)( (eres)

Post with your Group: [1][2][3][4]

Th 3/25 James Tiptree, Jr., “The Women Men Don’t See,” 1973 and “Houston, Houston, Do You Read?” 1976. (eres)

Post with your Group: [1][2][3][4]

F 3/26 Zoom Discussion [Section Y: 11:30-12:20]      [Section Z: 1:50-2:40]

Week 6
T 3/30  Samuel Delany, “Aye, and Gomorrah” (eres) and Ursula LeGuin, “Nine Lives” and “The Question of Sex,” (1969).  “The Question of Sex” is a chapter from The Left Hand of Darkness, Leguin’s most widely revered novel. It details human contact with an extraterrestial population in which the sexual and reproductive anatomy of individuals shifts spontaneously back and forth between something like male and female.  In this chapter, a narrator tries to understand and report on the social and personal consequences for inhabitants of Gethen.

Post with your Group: [1][2][3][4]

Th 4/1 Watch: Denis Villeneuve, Arrival, 2016

No posts.  Groups prepare for scene presentations

F 4/2 Zoom Discussion: Scene Presentations/Discussion   [Section Y: 11:30-12:20]      [Section Z: 1:50-2:40]

Week 7
T 4/6 Watch: Ridley Scott, Alien, 1979

Post with your Group: [1][2][3][4]

Th 4/8 SPRING BREAK!

F 4/9 SPRING BREAK!

UNIT III Posthuman Worlds:  Cyborgs, Selfhood, and Technology

Week 8
T 4/13 Philip K. Dick, “Minority Report,” “Total Recall,” and “We Can Remember it for you Wholesale”

Post with your Group: [1][2][3][4]

Th 4/15 Ridley Scott, Blade Runner, 1982.  WATCH version labeled as “Final Cut” or “Director’s Cut.”

F 3/26 Zoom Discussion [Section Y: 11:30-12:20]      [Section Z: 1:50-2:40]

Week 9
T 4/20 William Gibson, “Johnny Mnemonic” and “Burning Chrome”

Post with your Group: [1][2][3][4]

Th 4/22 Watch: Alex Garland, Ex Machina (2014) (

No Posts:  Groups prepare scenes

F 4/23 Zoom Discussion: Scene Presentations  [Section Y: 11:30-12:20]      [Section Z: 1:50-2:40]

Unit IV:  Climate and Social Disaster

Week 10
T 4/27 Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower, 1993 (first half)

Post with your Group: [1][2][3][4]

Th 4/29 Octavia  Butler, Parable of the Sower, 1993 (second half)

Post with your Group [1][2][3][4]

F 4/30 Zoom Discussion:  [Section Y: 11:30-12:20]      [Section Z: 1:50-2:40]

Week 11
T 5/4 Paolo Bacigalupi, “The Calorie Man” (2005) and “The People of Sand and Slag” (2004)

Post with your Group [1][2][3][4]

Th 5/6 Watch: Alfonso Cuaron,  Children of Men (2006)

Post with your Group [1][2][3][4]

F 5/7 Zoom Discussion: [Section Y: 11:30-12:20]      [Section Z: 1:50-2:40]

Week 12
T 5/11 SPRING SYMPOSIUM

Th 5/13 Watch: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

No Posts:  Groups prepare for scenePresentations/Discussions

F 5/14 Zoom: Scene Presentations/Discussions [Section Y: 11:30-12:20]      [Section Z: 1:50-2:40]

Week 13
T 5/18 Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation (2014)

Th Watch: Alex Garland, Annihilation (2018)

F Zoom Discussions: [Section Y: 11:30-12:20]      [Section Z: 1:50-2:40]