COLQ 2991: Global Science Fiction

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Links of interest:

Gothic Architecture: Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill

Thomas Edison’s Frankenstein (1910)

Georges Mélièss A Trip to the Moon (1902)

Orson Welles’s infamous radio play version of H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, Chapter 1, “The Planet of Peril” (1936)

The gothic

The scientific romance

More background on the scientific romance

The Pulp era

A primer on the pulps

The history of pulp magazine art

Browse some pulp magazines here

The Golden Age

More history of the Golden Age of Science Fiction

The New Wave

The Futurama Ride at the 1964 World’s Fair

Bruce Sterling’s Preface to the cyberpunk anthology Mirrorshades


Hard SF

Space Opera

Post-Singularity SF

SF author Vernor Vinge on The Coming Technological Singularity

Sense of Wonder: The Science Fictional Sublime


The first anime: Tetsuwan Atomo (Astro Boy)

Wangari Mathaai’s Kenyan Greenbelt Movement



Post-Singularity SF: Rogue Farm

Future history: Neil deGrasse Tyson’s trailer for The Martian

The science fictional sublime: Wanderers

African SF: Pumzi

The science fictional grotesque: Tetsuo: The Iron Man

More SF grotesque: John Carpenter’s The Thing

H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Out of Time

The Lovecraftian short film The Deep Ones


Abiogenesis: a post-singularity vision with a space-operatic, golden-age feel.

Renaissance: golden-age visions of the technological sublime within an obscure new-wave narrative.

Robots of Brixton: a new-wave mingling of robots and today’s British politics.

True Skin: the far-future as cyberpunk.

Sight: the near future as cyberpunk, or a golden-age vision of everyday life the day after tomorrow?

The Awareness: a chilling tale of AI.

Sundays: a lavishly produced dystopia with a new-wave sense of alienation.

Tea Time: steampunk with grrrl power.

Butterflies and Breakfast Cereal: time travel gone askew (when doesn’t time travel go askew?).