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It's only two days until the Countdown to Halloween begins! \o/ Have a great weekend, my friends.


*** I'll be speaking live tomorrow (via webinar) at the Free Minds Film Festival at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The festival will be screening my short film The Trail of Tears: They Knew It Was Wrong, which debuted online earlier this year.


*** I now have the schedule for Harry PotterFest 2012 at Lenoir-Rhyne University. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, October 29, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
12pm: Yours Truly interviews Danielle Tumminio, author of God and Harry Potter at Yale
(a book signing will follow) at the Bear's Lair


*** Also, after much hemming and hawing, I have decided on the course outline/reading assignments for my online "Science Fiction, Part 2: From the New Wave to Tomorrow" class for graduate students and auditors this Spring at the Mythgard Institute. I'll post an update when registration is open. I'm very excited about it!



Week 1 (January 14-18):
The New Wave
“‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” by Harlan Ellison (1965)
“We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick (1966)
“Aye, And Gomorrah…” by Samuel R. Delany (1967)

Week 2 (January 21-25):
“Literary” Science Fiction?
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (1969)

Week 3 (January 28-February 1):
Women of Wonder
“When It Changed” by Joanna Russ (1972)
Houston, Houston, Do You Read? by James Tiptree, Jr. (1976)
“Speech Sounds” by Octavia Butler (1983)

Week 4 (February 4-8):
The Rise of Cyberpunk
Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)

Week 5 (February 11-15):
Science Fiction Goes to War
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (1986)

Week 6 (February 18-22):
Steampunk and Space Opera
Lord Kelvin’s Machine by James P. Blaylock (the 1985 novelette version, not the 1992 novel)
The Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold (1989)

Week 7 (February 25-March 1):
The Question of Time
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (1992)

Week 8 (March 4-8):
The Return of “Hard Science”
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (1994)

Week 9 (March 11-15):
First Contacts, Past and Future
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (1996)
“The Undiscovered” by William Sanders (1997)

Week 10 (March 18-22):
Intertextuality, Transformations, and Reimaginings
A Study in Scarlet, Part 1 (1887), “The Final Problem” (1893), and “The Adventure of the Empty House” (1894) by Arthur Conan Doyle
“The Call of Cthulhu” by H.P. Lovecraft (1928)
A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman (2003)

Week 11 (March 25-29):
The Maturity of Young Adult Science Fiction
Genesis by Bernard Beckett (2006)

Week 12 (April 1-5):
The Future of the Genre
“Exhalation” by Ted Chaing (2008)
“Bridesicle” by Will McIntosh (2009)
“Movement” by Nancy Fulda (2011)


Happy Saturday to you!

Comments

gods_lil_rocker
Oct. 2nd, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
This should be great! Is one required to have taken Part I before taking Part II or can we just jump in?
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

It's not required that you take Part 1, but it's strongly encouraged that you review the lectures before Part 2. The full lecture download will be available as soon as the course ends in November, and if you sign up for Part 2, you'll get a 50% discount on those Part 1 downloads.

(Needless to say, it would be fantastic to "see" you in class!)

Edited at 2012-10-02 08:06 pm (UTC)