WEEK FOUR: FOUNDATIONS

 

MONDAY

Lecture: H.G. Wells, Orson Welles, and War of the Worlds

 

TUESDAY

PBS Documentary: War of the Worlds

 

WEDNESDAY

Review: Sci-Fi, Origins, and Foundations

 

THURSDAY

Exam: Origins and Foundations

 

FRIDAY

TBD

 

WEEKEND

Don't forget to get your copy of Fahrenheit 451

 

 

 

COURSE OVERVIEW

Syllabus

Letter Home

Final Exam Study Guide

 

ANALYSIS

Prime Directive

Annotative Bookmark

Breaking the Code

Two Peas in a Pod

  • Star Wars (Front Sample)

  • Star Wars (Back Sample)

 

LECTURES

Introduction: What Is Sci-Fi?

Origins: Scientific Revolution

Foundations: Industrial Revolution

Golden Age: Technical Revolution

  • Ray Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451

  • George Orwell and 1984

    • Book One

    • Book Two

    • Book Three

Contemporary: Genre Busting

  • Space Epic: 2001: A Space Odyssey

  • Space Western: Star Wars

  • Sci-Fi Noir: Blade Runner

  • Speculative: The Handmaid's Tale

  • Cyberpunk: The Matrix

  • Biopunk: Gattaca

  • Soft Sci-Fi: Close Encounters

  • Hard Sci-Fi: The Martian

 

SELECTED TEXTS AND VIDEO CLIPS

Frankenstein (Selections)

A Trip to the Moon

Smashing Pumpkins' Tonight Tonight

Metropolis: The Way We See the Future

War of the Worlds (PBS Documentary)

"Robbie" (from I, Robot)

"Runaround" (from I, Robot)