Greetings, Earthling. This is Samuel Cyborg. My purpose is to introduce you to this vessel, the pride and joy of our class, American and European Thought & Culture in Science Fiction. In this cyber classroom you will find the digital fruits of our labor. First there are the student pages, listing our stats, traits, and origins. Next you may explore our electronic library. Scholarly notes written with the high emotion of the human species roam abundant and free in this location. In the Film section there is a virtual record of our illustrious Science Fiction Film Festival and links to the blogs that were used to provide out-of-this-world class presentations. The video game section contains a vibrant power point presentation. Finally, the shared bibliography is the power core of our site, containing links to the sources we used to formulate our theories. Enjoy the site, and stay out of the Forbidden Zone, or you will be evaporated by hungry Zorgons.
In American and European thought and culture in science fiction, our goal was to attempt to answer a variety of questions pertaining to the science fiction genre. Beginning with a historical analysis, we traced the evolution of the science fiction narrative via a variety of mediums. Earlier science fiction works read were H.G. Wells’ Time Machine, George R. Stewart’s Earth Abides, and Walter Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz. Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed served as a more contemporary work. In addition to reading and discussing novels, we examined a wide ranging variety of science fiction films in a student run extracurricular film festival. A list of these films can be found under the Films and TV section on the site.
Another goal of the class was a collaborative research projects. Students pursued individual research projects in order to delve deeper into certain aspects of science fiction. Together, all of these topics essentially formed the tangible aspect of the class. Projects on topics such as the idea of body transformation, as well as the distinction between the science fiction and fantasy genres can be explored on this site.
This class was heavily based on discussion supplemented with weekly journal responses on various readings, films, and ideas covered. A paperless class, we have designed this interactive website to share!