Science Fiction Practice and Theory

Earl
Jackson, Jr.


tomrip5@aol. com

Another
Scene


Winter 1997

LTMO 115

Out There:

Science Fiction Practice and Theory
[2.0]

WeekOf:

Tues 1/07 H. G. Wells, The
Time Machine
; Robert
Heinlein,
“ All You Zombies . . . „; Stephen Baxter, „The
Science *of The Time Machine
Greg
Egan
,
„Extras“
and „Closer„.
Chapter one and Two, College
Connections

See the
Guide
and the Guide
for Week One
for details on how
to
get the texts. 

1/14; Tom Godwin, “ The
Cold Equations
; “ Lewis Padgett,
All Mimsy Were the Borogoves“
Racoona Sheldon, „The Screwfly Solution“.
Thomas A. Disch, “ The Squirrel Cage“; Recommended: John Varley, „The Phantom
of Kansas „; Ursula le Guin, “ Nine Lives“ Chapters 2 and 3, College
Connections
.



 

1/21
Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination; Margaret St. Clair, „Short in
the Chest; “ Leigh Bracket, TBA; Chapter
4
, College Connections

1/28 Theodore
Sturgeon
,
The Cosmic Rape. Philip
K. Dick
. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.Recommended:
Sturgeon, The Collected Stories; Argyll.
Chapter
5
, College Connections

2/04 Thomas A. Disch, „The
Planet of the Rapes“;
Karen Joy Fowler
, „The View From Venus „; Joanna Russ, “ When
it Changed
„; Samuel R. Delany, “ Aye, and Gemorrah . . . „; Roger Zelazny,
„A Rose for Eccleisastes “ Chapter 6, College ConnectionsTAKE AN
ONLINE
IMAGE RESPONSE TEST
(Not Voigt-Kampff I Promise)


 

2/11 Samuel
R. Delany
,
Trouble
on Triton
and selected critical writings by Delany
from Silent Interviews; Click
HERE
for Earl
Jackson, Jr
. „Imagining it Otherwise:
Alternative Sexualities in the Fictions of Samuel R. Delany“
Chapter
Three ofStrategies of Deviance; Chapter 9, College Connections

2/18 James Tiptree, Jr. „The
Girl Who Was Plugged In“
C. L. Moore, „No
Woman Born
“ ***2/18 EXCHANGE DAY – Monday classes held on Tuesday,
Tuesday classes cancelled. Chapters 10
&11, College Connections


2/25 Joanna Russ.
The
Female Man
. Selections from Russ’s critical
writings
. Chapter 12, College Connections

3/04 Jack Womack, Ambient
and Elvissey. Chapter 13
and 14, College Connections

3/11 Pat
Cadigan
, Fools; assorted
online texts/interviews;
Chapters 15 and 16, College Connections


Finals Week 3/17-21


Class Requirements:

Attendance at lecture, attendance and participation
in section. Missing two sections without a doctor’s
excuse
results in failure of the course. Doctor’s excuses must be verified
by these nurses


.

All students must have an active email account, and provide
the section instructor with the email address during the first week of
class. There will be email assignments as well as WWW assignments that
will develop very useful research
skills. The exercises will be chiefly structured around the weekly assignments
from chapters of College Connections.

Two takehome midquarters, one short paper (3-5
pages), takehome essay final. Paper topic suggestions will be provided,
but students are free to develop
their own topics in consultation with section leader or lecturer. Exams
and papers must be typed, double-spaced, with proper
citation of sources. Endnotes, bibliographies, etc. must be done in compliance
with recognized guidelines – either the Chicago Manual of Style or
the
MLA Style sheet.

Consult the rich
resources
for help with stylistic and grammatical
problems on our web site


First
Assignment:
Note that I deliberately did not order copies of The
Time Machine
. You have several options:


You can find a copy at used bookstores, new bookstores,
libraries, friends, etc.


You can read chapter two of College
Connections
on Web searches.
There will be a wide variety of Web
exercises assigned
. You must do at least five of them (with documentation)
as part of the course. If you choose to find the online text of The
Time Machine
, submit your documentation (I. e. how you conducted
the search and the URL that gave you the text) to
your section leader
this week (by email) and that will count as one
of the five exercises. It’s good to get one out of the way, especially
since the Web assignments will increase in complexityalgebraically/geometrically/frumiously/vertilzendenly.

Click HERE for
weekly discussions and updates on Chaos

FINAL PROJECT ASSIGNMENTS
HERE

CLICK HERE FOR
A GRIDDED OVERVIEW OF SOME OF THE OFFERINGS LISTED MORE CHAOTICALLY BELOW

Click HERE
for the menu of all of Earl’s archived courses


Click HERE for a hotlist of
Science Fiction resources


Click HERE for a hotlist of zines
and science fiction magazines and journals


Click HERE for a hotlist of General
Research Tools


Click HERE for
basics of grammar.


Click HERE for an introduction
to search engines.


Click HERE to see a conversation
resume.


Click HERE
for the beginning of a sequence
on sex and gender


Why settle for the merely virtual when you can have a
GENUINE
FAKE
? Take a
fake reading
comprehension
test
online
(or off).


Click HERE for aspects
of time


Click HERE
for resources near
and far
and dear, except
for
near


Click HERE
for „A Conversation on Belief,
Reality, and Dick“
between Roberto Freeman and Earl
Jackson, Jr.


Shameless self-publicity
with hyperlinks unfit
to post.


Historicity?
A Concept-Word Debate, with Carrie
Schwalbe Part One

Other Sites of Interest

The
Critical Practices of Samuel R. Delany


Hysteria
and Paranoia


Suspense
Fiction


Detective
Fiction


The
Phaedrus Kit

Earl
Jackson, Jr.


tomrip5@aol. com

Another
Scene


Winter 1997

LTMO 115