Thinking the Unthinkable: Science Fiction Short Stories
Teacher: Megan Willmes
“Science fiction and the world. They have created each other…. We live, indisputably, in a science fiction world.” -James Gunn
From virtual reality and AIs to space travel, science fiction has taken the world around us and extrapolated, exaggerated, and explored the human condition, creating realms that resonate and seem almost possible if given a few more years. Science fiction, given less serious thought than other genres of literature, has nevertheless captivated our imagination, as Star Wars and The Hunger Games can attest, and generated the foundations for some of our most beloved technological advances.
In this course, we will critically analyze and discuss the great works of science fiction in its original form: short stories. We will read some more famous authors, like Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov, as well as tour the works of African-Americans and other minorities, and women writers. From the pulp fiction of the Roaring Twenties to the Golden Age, cyberpunk, and dystopian literature, we’ll run the gamut of themes and eras, allowing students a broader knowledge of a genre of fiction that is often overlooked.
Instructor: Megan W
Minimum enrollment requirement: 4
Course Length: 50 mins per week /16 weeks / semester
Cost: $120 per semester