Wednesday, March 26, 2014

History 494: History of the Future

I've been getting some questions about the Fall semester schedule. In particular, I've been asked about the special topic course "History of the Future." What the heck is that? One way to answer is with the course subtitle, which is too long to fit onto the schedule, "Science Fiction, Then, Now, and Things to Come." Yep. It is a history course about science fiction course that I'm team teaching with Paul Spaeth. We're going to start with the greats, Vern, Wells, Shelly, who created the genre and work our way to the present looking at the development of the genre in its historical context. We'll be looking at different mediums, including but not limited to novels, pulps, radio, movies, and, yes, comic books. This is the second time we've taught the class. Last time it was a lot of fun, and we learned a lot.

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