Science Fiction

The goals of the course are

  • to enjoy reading
    and discussing some excellent novels and short stories;
  • to help students
    improve their writing, particularly of essays focused on persuasion and
  • and to exercise
    our critical faculties by learning about the discipline and art of


There will be some lectures,
but most classes will be devoted to class discussion. Attendance and
participation are mandatory.


Writing assignments:

  • four three-page
  • six one-page
    reaction papers
  • an in-class oral
  • a final exam.


Reading list:

  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  • H. G. Wells, The Time Machine
  • Karel Ĉapek, War with
    the Newts
  • Philip K. Dick, The Man
    in the High Castle
  • Samuel R. Delany, Babel-17
  • China Miéville, The City & The City
  • short stories by
    Stanley Weinbaum, James Tiptree, Jr., William Gibson, and others