Science Fiction, LMC3214: Early SF Film Serials, Remediation and Media Translation, Flash Gordon, and Exam Prep

I began today’s class by showing them the first episode of the 1936 Flash Gordon film serial episode, “The Planet of Peril.” After having a taste for what I would lecture on in today’s class, I launched into a discussion of pulp of a different kind: SF film serials and SF comic strips. In particular,Continue reading “Science Fiction, LMC3214: Early SF Film Serials, Remediation and Media Translation, Flash Gordon, and Exam Prep”

Science Fiction, LMC 3214: Pulp SF, Gernsback, CL Moore, and HP Lovecraft

In today’s class, we managed a whirlwind of material! Before discussing the assigned reading: CL Moore’s “Shambleau” and HP Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space,” I gave a lecture on the origins of pulp fiction, Hugo Gernsback, Amazing Stories, Space Opera, Weird Tales, Weird Fiction, and Cosmic Horror. Dr. Malavika Shetty from Georgia Tech’s CommunicationContinue reading “Science Fiction, LMC 3214: Pulp SF, Gernsback, CL Moore, and HP Lovecraft”

Science Fiction, LMC 3214: Proto-SF, Voyages Extraordinaires, and Scientific Romances

Today’s class was chocked full of lecture and discussion. We began by going over the final paper assignment on applying definitions of science fiction to a single work of SF or SFnal that we did not discuss as a class. Since many of the students might not have written literary criticism before, I framed theContinue reading “Science Fiction, LMC 3214: Proto-SF, Voyages Extraordinaires, and Scientific Romances”

Science Fiction, LMC 3214: Concluding Frankenstein and Learning Exercise on the Sublime and Beautiful

In today’s class, we finished discussing Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by discussing Volumes II and III and coving some major themes. To begin class, I wanted to have all of the students think about the sublime and the beautiful to better understand Mary Shelley’s engagement of those ideas in the settings and characterization in Frankenstein. First,Continue reading “Science Fiction, LMC 3214: Concluding Frankenstein and Learning Exercise on the Sublime and Beautiful”

Science Fiction, LMC3214 Continues: Definitions of SF Active Learning Exercise and Conclude Frankenstein Tomorrow

For today’s class, I had planned on us spending about half the class on definitions of SF before continuing our discussion of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Happily, nearly all of my students showed up for class today, but this turned the class into one completely devoted to SF definitions. On the first day of class, weContinue reading “Science Fiction, LMC3214 Continues: Definitions of SF Active Learning Exercise and Conclude Frankenstein Tomorrow”

Science Fiction, LMC3214 Continues: Frankenstein Vol 1 and Active Learning

During today’s Science Fiction class, we began discussing volume 1 of Mary Shelley’s 1831 edition of Frankenstein. After a brief lecture on Mary Shelley, her family, and the fateful June 1816 trip to Switzerland, I wanted to talk about how historical and cultural forces made it possible for a work like Frankenstein to come intoContinue reading “Science Fiction, LMC3214 Continues: Frankenstein Vol 1 and Active Learning”

Science Fiction, LMC 3214 at Georgia Tech, Summer 2013 Begins (Syllabus Attached)

Today, I began teaching my first Science Fiction class at Georgia Tech (LMC 3214 SS2). It is a short-session class, so my students and I will explore the history of SF in only five weeks on a grueling 4 days per week, 2 hours per day schedule. During our first class today, we introduced ourselves,Continue reading “Science Fiction, LMC 3214 at Georgia Tech, Summer 2013 Begins (Syllabus Attached)”

Register Now for My Science Fiction Class at Georgia Tech, LMC 3214, SS Summer Session 2013

This summer, I will teach Georgia Tech’s Science Fiction class (LMC 3214). If you are a Tech student, you can take this class for Humanities credit. Read below for further details about the history of this class and specific information about registering for it. Professor Bud Foote introduced Science Fiction to Tech some decades ago.Continue reading “Register Now for My Science Fiction Class at Georgia Tech, LMC 3214, SS Summer Session 2013”