About the course

Welcome to the course website for ENGL 246: Science Fiction (Winter 2015) at Concordia University. The course covers a combination of science fiction in the form of novels, short stories, films and even tweet-length fragments. Ranging from dystopias through aliens to artificial intelligence, the readings highlight the extent to which science-fiction fantasies are really thought experiments about our world.

The lectures are on Fridays from 13:15 to 16:00 in H-557.

Readings include classics by Mary Shelley and Aldous Huxley, stories from the Golden Age of science fiction, contemporary works by Octavia Butler, Ted Chiang and Mary Robinette Kowal, sci-fi films, and literary fiction on scientific themes. The authors include practicing some giants of science fiction as well as a neurobiologist, a philosopher, and a puppeteer. We will consider SciFi less as a fringe phenomenon than as a serious literary genre, thus blurring the boundaries between literary and science fiction.

The required texts, below, are available at the Concordia Bookstore:

Jim Crace, Being Dead
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story
Kurt Vonnegut, Galápagos

Click here for the Reading Schedule, here for Assignments & Evaluation, and here for Resources & Policies.

This course is taught by Daniel Aureliano Newman. For his website, click here.


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