Read The Martian by Andy Weir, The Stars By Destination by Alfred Bester or Lois McMaster Bujold, Shards of Honor (also included in Cordelia's Honor)
Writing Assignment: Readings for this week emphasize works that use the genre markers of 19th century popular fiction and place them in the context of an imagined future. Post a response to what you read this week discusses what elements from other genre have been used in the work you read. Remember to add a comment on another student's blog.
Alternatively read selected short stories on the Course Resource Page. Post a response to what you read on your blog.
Discussion of Star Trek and Star Wars and the adaptation of the western and the sea story to the space epic.
In-Class Movies: Forbidden Planet (1956), Star Wars.
Featured Movie: Serenity dir. Joss Whedon (2005) or Firefly television series.