[SFRA-L] what to assign
grahammurphy at trentu.ca
Sat Jan 14 18:22:22 EST 2012
I routinely use Cory Doctorow's Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present to end my sf course. The "what it means to be human" angle is taken up in the posthuman narratives of "I, Robot" and "I-Rowboat" while "After the Siege" and "Printcrime" (and "I, Robot") address copyright issues and are collectively useful for a generation of students who download materials legally and illegally. "When Sysadmins..." also ties in nicely with the internet generation and allows me to pull out Barlow's "Declaration on the Independence of Cyberspace." Contact me off-list if you want more information about how I navigate through the stories, but students have really enjoyed the collection immensely and it is entirely free (legally!) from Doctorow's website, so it saves students some money. I've also ended my course with Doctorow's Eastern Standard Tribe, but I'm not sure it is a culturally relevant because there is now a whole new crop of students who have never heard of Napster, so that might need more context-building. Finally, I've also ended with Robert Charles Wilson's The Chronoliths paired with Greg Egan's "The Hundred-Light-Year Diary," but that probably isn't sufficient for the "human?" angle. Overall, I'd go with Overclocked.
Graham J. Murphy
"Science explains the world, but only Art can reconcile us to it."
Dr. Graham J. Murphy
Cultural Studies Department/
Department of English
>>> <jlgordon at optonline.net> 1/14/2012 5:31 pm >>>
Dear Hive-Mind, I'm looking for a novel to end my sf course with. I want it to be relatively short, and to explore what it means to be human in some way. I've used The Mount by Emshwiller and it's perfect, but I can't get enough copies of it. So I thought maybe Lethem's Girl in Landscape. Same problem. Any other bright ideas out there? Joan G
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