Political Science Fiction Summer Reading

This group will meet on the third Sunday of each month to discuss the politics of a complete work of science fiction.

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Summer is the time to finally do that pleasure reading you're always putting off! Get together with other radicals who love science fiction to collectively decide our beach reading for the next month, and talk about what we've read! We will meet on the third Sunday of each month, May through September, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Supplemental political/theoretical texts will also be offered, but are optional. 
The reading for the first session, on May 20th, will be a selection of short stories, just to give a taste of a few different authors. The remaining sessions will be organized around a theme, with a few titles to choose from. Whoever is present on May 20th will select the reading for June; whoever is present in June will select the reading for July, etc.

Course sessions

    Sunday May 20 2012

    2:00PM - 5:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    May 20th: Short stories
    Will be made available online in May. Request to join the google group for access:
    Short stories to read for May 20th:
    "The Day Before the Revolution" by Ursula Le Guin
    "High Weir" by Samuel R. Delany
    "The People of Sand and Slag" by Paolo Bacigalupi
    "Bloodchild" by Octavia Butler
    "When It Changed" by Joanna Russ
    "The Glass Bottle Trick" by Nalo Hopkinson
    "Fantasy and Revolution - An Interview with China Mieville"

    Sunday June 17 2012

    2:00PM - 5:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    June 17th: Utopia/Dystopia
    Choose from: Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach; Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia by Samuel Delany; Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy; The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia by Ursula Le Guin; or We by Yevgeny Zamyatin 
    The selection for June is Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia by Samuel Delany.

    Sunday July 15 2012

    2:00PM - 5:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    July 15th: "Artificial" Life
    Choose from: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi; R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) by Karel Capek; He, She, and It by Marge Piercy; Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson; or Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    Sunday August 19 2012

    2:00PM - 5:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    August 19th: "Alien" Life
    Choose from: Lilith's Brood by Octavia Butler; The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin; Embassytown by China Mieville; or We Who Are About To... by Joanna Russ

    Sunday September 16 2012

    2:00PM - 5:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    September 16th: Young Adult
    Choose from: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau; The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson; The Giver by Lois Lowry; or Divergent by Veronica Roth