Lecture and reading schedule

Here is the lecture schedule, including in-class assignments and deadlines. The exact schedule is subject to change, so check this page regularly. Readings followed by (CP) are in the Course Park. [last updated Feb. 5, 2015]

Jan. 9. Introduction; David Eagleman, from Sum (CP) + Jennifer Egan, “Black Box

Jan. 16. Kate Wilhelm, “Baby, You Were Great!” (CP) + Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (to Chapter VI, pg 75)

Jan. 23. Brave New World (to end) + J.B.S. Haldane, “Daedalus, or, Science and the Future

Jan. 30. James Tiptree, Jr., “The Girl Who Was Plugged in” (CP) + Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story (to page 96)

Feb. 6. Super Sad True Love Story (to end)

Feb. 13. Mary Robinette Kowal, “Evil Robot Monkey + Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (to Chapter XI, pg 70) *** Submit creative-analytical paper

Feb 20. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (to end)+ Screening: Her (dir. Spike Jonze, 2013). ***QUIZ            


Mar. 6. Octavia Butler, “Bloodchild” (CP) + Kurt Vonnegut, Galápagos (to end of Book I [pg 215])

Mar. 13. Galápagos (to end of novel) 

Mar. 20. Ted Chiang, “The Story of Your Life” (CP) + Jim Crace, Being Dead (to pg 89)

Mar. 27. Being Dead (to end) + Robert Charles Wilson, “Divided by Infinity” (CP). *** In-class peer-critique of revised blog entry (5%)

Apr. 3. NO CLASS.

Apr. 10. Martha Nussbaum “Little C” (CP) + Screening: Moon (dir. Duncan Jones, 2009) *** Submit second revision of blog entry

Apr. 13. Questions for the take-home test will be posted here.

Apr. 20. Take-home exam due in my mailbox (as well as in my inbox)





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