Tag Archives: UC Davis

What Stories Were Most Popular in SF Course?

I’ve submitted final grades for my summer Science Fiction class at UC Davis.  I will post some more info about the class in the coming weeks, including a lesson plan or two for any teachers out there looking for suggestions. … Continue reading

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Defining Science Fiction: A Writing Assignment

For the first paper of my summer SF class, I had them think about what we mean when we say “science fiction.”  Here’s the paper assignment (for anyone playing along at home): For the first paper, you will defend a … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Westerfeld and Labalestier Interview

Last week, Laurie Glover and I interviewed authors Scott Westerfeld and Justine Labalestier for UC Davis’s interdisciplinary writing journal, Writing on the Edge.  I’ve been transcribing and editing for the past few days with a February 28th deadline. We discussed … Continue reading

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Steampunk Final Exam, Part 2

As promised, here is the second half of the final questions I posed to students in my Steampunk first-year seminar at UC Davis.  This was the essay portion of the exam, and their answers were thoughtful. Instructions: Take a position … Continue reading

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UC Davis Steampunk Seminar–Full Steam Ahead!

Quick note: my First-Year Seminar on Steampunk was approved by University of California, Davis.  I’m looking forward to it.  I tried to pick texts/media that are appropriate for a 2 hr, once-a-week class designed for small-group, interpersonal work and creative … Continue reading

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A Steampunk Class at UC Davis?

This week, I’m proposing a section of UC Davis’s First-Year Seminar program focused on steampunk.  I’ve really wanted to teach it from a perspective that goes beyond just the literature, so this course will incorporate design, costuming, retro-fitting, and gaming … Continue reading

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Final Exam Questions: Steampunk, Nostalgia, SF Novels

Because it’s finals week at UC Davis, I thought I’d go ahead and publicly post the final exam questions from last quarter’s novels class on nostalgia and desiderium.  Here’s a taste of the questions I asked.  Students could write about … Continue reading

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