As I mentioned previously, I am teaching the second half of the University of Kansas’ flagship Intensive Institute on Science Fiction Literature. I’ll be teaching the same novels used in previous years, so I can’t take credit for the curriculum. It features the following novels:
- The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
- The Languages of Pao, Jack Vance
- Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
- Gateway, Frederik Pohl
- The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
- Timescape, Gregory Benford
- Darwin’s Radio, Greg Bear
- Dawn, Octavia Butler
- Neuromancer, William Gibson
- Accelerando, Charles Stross
- Consider Phlebas, Iain M. Banks
- Perdido Street Station, China Miéville
It’s a lot to cover in six days, but that’s part of the class’s allure: it’s two weeks of immersion in the history of SF.
If you want more info on the program or context, see the Center for the Study of Science Fiction’s website.