Week Ten

The Fiction of Ideas

Read: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin or Babel 17 by Samuel R. Delaney. There are selected short stories on the course resource page. Post a response on your blog.

Writing Assignment: The readings for this week emphasize the fiction of ideas. What ideas or mind experiments were explored in the works you read for this week? What were some of the implications or consequences of those ideas for those of us living today? Remember to add a comment to another student's blog.

Challenging Short Novel choice: Read Accelerando by Charles Stross (available free).

In Class Movies: Dark City dir. Alex Proyas , A Scanner Darkly dir. Richard Linklater (2006)

Featured Movie: Farenheit 451 dir. Francois Truffaut (1966) or Alphaville dir. Jean-Luc Godard (1965)

Psci-fi and Beyond

Space out with some big idea sci-fi. Read these and your mind will definitly expand. (N.B.Many of these novels are very long.)

Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Rainbow's End by Vernor Vinge
Blindsight by Peter Watts (available for free)
Man in the High Castle
by Phillip K. Dick
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuinn
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuinn
The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem
Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
A Thousand Words for Stranger by Julie Czernada