Dreams of Teaching on Another Planet

I probably shouldn’t be surprised about my dreams last night since I watched Star Trek (2009) while writing syllabi for a job application. Besides the space battles, I was impressed with it’s panaramic shots of space, the final frontier.

While asleep, I dreamt that I looked up into the sky at night and I studied the constellations of stars. However, I soon realized that they were not of an Earthly perspective. Within the dream I realized that I was no longer on Earth and that didn’t alarm me. The dream’s logic fell into place. I was a teacher away from Earth. I walked into my classroom of college aged students and I began going over their assignments. Unfortunately, one student at the head of the table challenged me on the amount of work I had given the class. I tried unsuccessfully to persuade this student that the work was not too great and that it was necessary for meeting the students’ goals. I had to walk away from the class because I became confused. It was a feeling of overwhelming challenge. The confines of the room were too much. I stepped outside and looked up again. The one thing that I was sure of was that the stars in this foreign place were beautiful. I gazed at them noting their dissimilarity to stars seen from Earth and I was reassured.

Published by Jason W. Ellis

I am an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.