COLQ 2991: Global Science Fiction taught online via Brightspace by Desire to Learn





Assignment Schedule and Due Dates


The Gordon State College Writing Handbook


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Lecture Notes


     1. Fictive Novums

     2. Future History

     3. Fictive Neology

4. Imaginary Science

5. The Science Fiction Sublime

6. The Science Fiction Grotesque

7. The Technologiade


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: The Purple Death

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

More on New Wave SF

The Futurama Ride at the 1964 World’s Fair

Bruce Sterling’s Preface to the cyberpunk anthology Mirrorshades


The Last Night: a cyberpunk mini video game

Hard SF

Space Opera

Post-Singularity SF

SF author Vernor Vinge on The Coming Technological Singularity

Sense of Wonder: The Science Fictional Sublime

Robot Chitti!


The first anime: Tetsuwan Atomo (Astro Boy)

Wangari Mathaai’s Kenyan Greenbelt Movement

The Rare Earth Elements

Rare Earth Element Mining




Scientific Romance: Things to Come

Golden Age SF: Forbidden Planet

Cyberpunk: The Animatrix

Cyberpunk: Blade Runner

New Wave SF: Soylent Green

Anime: Ghost in the Shell

Post-Singularity SF: Rogue Farm

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

The science fictional sublime: Wanderers

Bollywood SF: Ra One

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


  Last Day Medley

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?).