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Science Fiction

A historical survey of a distinctive modern mode of fiction, including major works by such 19th- and 20th-century figures as Mary Shelley, HG Wells, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Olaf Stapledon, Alfred Bester, Ursula LeGuin, Octavia Butler, Joan Slonczewski, and Kim Stanley Robinson. The focus is primarily literary, though there may be a brief unit comparing literary and cinematic science fiction. Among the topics for consideration: science and scientists in fiction; history and the future; aliens and alienation; diversity in gender, race, culture, species; the physical environment of Earth and of other worlds.

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