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Unformatted text preview: SYLLABUS ENG 122A POPULAR FICTION: SCIENCE FICTION SPRING 2008 Meets in: 112 Bachelor Hall Time: MW 4:00 to 5:15 pm Instructor: Dr. William R. Howe Office: Bachelor 360 Office Phone: 529-5271 Office Hours: T 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. W 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and by appointment Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Course Description: In this course, we will be discussing several major trends in contemporary Science Fiction. We will be doing a very large amount of reading (although not quite so much as you might be worried about after looking at the huge pile of books at the bookstore). One of the major moves in Science Fiction and Fantasy that has increasingly been a factor in both the production and consumption of texts is that they have gotten larger and larger, in many cases becoming serialized novels running to as much as 10,000 pages (such as Robert Jordons Wheel of Time ) . We will be reading only one such work at length (Tony Ballantynes trilogy Recursion , Capacity Divergence); other works that run to several books we will be reading one of the books only as a class, and you can continue the series on your own if you desire. Some of the themes we will be discussing this semester will include: the politics of war and its parody; genre crossovers (for example, hard-boiled detective fiction and science fiction); post-modernity and science fiction; the ethics and morality of science- technology; and others. We will be looking at both short stories and full length novels: Hard Science Fiction, Social Science Fiction, Military Science Fiction, Cyber-Punk, Historical Science Fiction/Alternate History, Hard-Boiled SF, and works that resist these categories. As I have said before, this class is going to require you to read more than most lower divisional classes, and if you think you might have trouble keeping up, this class may not be for you. On the other hand, this class in many ways is geared towards a person who is already reading SF on a regular basis, and the reading as such is not terribly difficult, in most cases, these stories and books are page turners, and I realize that it is somewhat evil of me to only be assigning you the first book in a sequence. I apologize. Required Books: Voice of the Whirlwind Walter Jon Williams Night Shade Books 978-1597800877 Neuromancer William Gibson Ace Trade 978-0441007462 Recursion Tony Ballantyne Spectra 978-0553589283 Capacity Tony Ballantyne Spectra 978-0553589290 Divergence Tony Ballantyne Spectra 978-0553589306 Shikasta: Re, Colonised Planet 5 (George Sherban Emissary) Doris Lessing Vintage 978-0394749778 Tea from an Empty Cup Pat Cadigan Tor Science Fiction 978-0812541977 The Algebraist Iain M. Banks Nightshade Books 978-1597800440 American Flagg Howard Chaykin Titan Books Ltd. 978-1845760779...
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