During Wednesday’s class, we will continue laying groundwork for our work in Science Fiction, LMC 3214 this summer. First, we will discuss the assigned reading: Ted Chiang’s “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling.” Then, while exploring the list of SF definitions that I assembled for us, we will test Chiang’s novella against those definitions. These definitions will also be a continuing part of our discussions in the weeks ahead.
If you are interested in Chiang’s story, you might want to listen to this speech that Chiang gave at EXPO 1: New York on July 8, 2013:
Next week, we will turn away from contemporary SF and go back to its beginning, which I will argue (as others have done before me) is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818, NB: we will be reading the 1831 edition).
Browse over to Night Shade Books’ download page here and download Ted Chiang’s Hugo-nominated short story, “Exhalation,” in your favorite format flavor. There’s also some other great reading there including Walter Jon William’s “The Green Leopard Plague,” and Andy Duncan’s “Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse.” Also, there are novels by Jon Armstrong and Richard Kadrey. Run, don’t walk!
I’m currently reporting from the first of three conferences I’m attending this year–the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts 2008 Conference. It goes by different names IAFA or ICFA. Look for posts detailing my first IAFA conference experience. The night’s young, and there’s a lot to recap on my first and second days here!
P.S. Fresh out of the “Politics and Singularity” panel, James Patrick Kelly and Ted Chiang walk into the bar. Hm, there might be a joke in there somewhere…