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REVISED 12/03/2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

·      First Class

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

       Email contact information to me at hhalbert@gmail.com.  See handout on Blackboard  for exact information sought and link to template.  PLEASE USE THE TEMPLATE FILE.

       Read, sign, and return your contract.

       Read "How to Really Read This Book" (Handout)

       Read and mark the following selections from Science Fiction: Stories and Contexts (Hereafter called "Masri"):

       "A Brief Introduction to Science Fiction and Its History" (1-10)

       [skim only, no need to mark] "A Selective Guide to Science Fiction Research" (11-16)

       from The War of the Worlds—H.G. Wells (18-32).

       "A Martian Odyssey" –Stanley G. Weinbaum (32-52)

       "The Fact of Blackness"—Frantz Fanon (189-193)

       Read and mark Chapters 1-10 of Starship Troopers. Pages 1-145

Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • Read and mark Chapters 11-12 of Starship Troopers. Pages 146-201
  • We will begin to watch Blade Runner in class.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

  • Finish reading and marking Starship Troopers, including Historical Note on last page. Pages 202-264
  • We will finish Blade Runner in class.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

·      NO CLASS: I will be at Drexel University attending an academic conference.

  • Read and mark the following from Masri's anthology:
    • "When I Was Miss Dow"—Sonya Dorman (87-96)
    • From The Second Sex—Simone de Beauvoir (179-185)

·      No office hours today.


Friday, September 12, 2014

·      NO CLASS: we do not meet on Fridays.

·      No office hours today.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

  • WARNING: Break these readings up over a few days.
  • Read and mark "A Cyborg Manifesto"—Donna J. Haraway (Marsi 455-475)
  • Read and mark "Liar!"—Issac Asimov (Marsi 282-295)
  • Read and mark "Burning Chrome"—William Gibson (Marsi 371-386)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

  • Read and mark "Mars Is Heaven!"—Ray Bradbury (Marsi 73-87)
  • Read and mark "Bloodchild"—Octavia E. Butler (Marsi 119-133)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

·      Read and mark "Second Variety" by Philip K. Dick (Marsi 296-331)

·      Read and mark "The Algorithms for Love" by Ken Liu (Marsi 415-427)


Thursday, September 25, 2014

·      Read and mark "The Girl Who Was Plugged In" (Marsi 342-370)


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

·      Read and mark "The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur C. Clarke (Marsi 915-921)

·      Read and mark "'All you Zombies­'"  by Robert A. Heinlein (Marsi 551-561)

·      Read and mark "Bear Discovers Fire" by Terry Bisson (Marsi 1194-1202)

·      Exam Quotation Assignment Due.  Submit to Blackboard Drop Box.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • Read and mark "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman"—Harlin Ellison (Marsi 758-768).
  • Read and mark "Ideology and Terror: A Novel Form of Government"—Hannah Arendt (Marsi 850-863)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

  • Draft of Paper #1 due.  Bring a copy to class and post a copy in the "Paper #1: Draft" forum of the class discussion board.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

·      Midterm Exam.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

  • Final draft of Paper #1 due by 9:35 AM in the appropriate Dropbox on the class web site, on Turnitin.com, and on the Discussion Board.  See checklist for details.

  Thursday, October 16, 2014

  • Read and mark Section 1, Chapters 1-8 of 1984. Pages 1-106
  • We will begin watching Gattaca in class.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

  • Read and mark Section 2 of 1984. Pages 107-230.
  • We will continue watching Gattaca in class.

  Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Finish reading and marking 1984. Pages 231-308. You do not need to read the appendix on "The Principles of Newspeak," but you may do so for five points extra credit.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Revised 10/25/2014

·NO CLASS. I announced this in class on October 23.

Read and mark pages 3-115 of The Handmaid's Tale. ("I: Night" until "VIII Birthday").

·      We will start watching Planet of the Apes.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

·      Read and mark pages 109-195 of The Handmaid's Tale ("VIII Birthday" until "XII: Jezebel's").

·      We will continue watching Planet of the Apes.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

·      Finish reading and marking pages 199-211 of The Handmaid's Tale ("XII: Jezebel's" through the end of the "Historical Note").


Thursday, November 6, 2014

  • Read and mark Chapters 1-4 of Watchmen.  You may find it easier to use large Post-it notes to mark the text.
  • Bring The Handmaid's Tale.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

·       Finish reading and marking Watchmen.

  • We will review the research project today.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

·      Read and mark "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes (Marsi 1110-1132).

·      Read and mark "How the World Was Saved" by Stanislaw Lem (Marsi 937-941).

  • Start reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy over the weekend

  Tuesday, November 18, 2014

·      Research project prewriting due.  Post a copy to the discussion board in the "Research Paper: Prewriting" forum.

·      Meet in the library (in College Hall) to do research.  Sign in with Dr. H in the lobby of the library.

  • You should continue reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

  • Read and mark all of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

·      NO CLASS.

·      Annotated Bibliography Due at 9:35 AM.  Post a copy to the "Research Paper: Bibliography" forum and submit a copy to the "Annotated Bibliography" dropbox.

·      I will be in my office (PH 441) during our normal class time if you want to discuss your upcoming paper.


Thursday, November 27, 2014



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

·      Draft of Paper #2 Due.  Post a copy and bring two copies to class.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

·      LAST CLASS.

·      Quote Assignment Due. Submit to Blackboard's Drop Box.

·      Print, read, and mark "The Star" by Arthur C. Clark (http://web.archive.org/web/20080718084442/http://lucis.net/stuff/clarke/star_clarke.html). A backup copy is in the "Course Documents" section of the class web page.


Sunday, December 14, 2014 (Updated 12/03/2014)

·      Paper #2 due by 11:59PM in Dropbox, on the Discussion Board, and to Turnitin.com.  See checklist for details.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

·      Final Exam.  Bring your exam card.  8AM to 10AM.


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