Pre-College Programs

CEEL0966: Future Perfect I : The Politics of Sci-Fi

Isaac Asimov once said, “The core of science fiction, its essence, has become crucial to our salvation, if we are to be saved at all.” This course asks the question, what is a Utopia? New technologies give us new societies, and writers of fiction have imagined these social changes on foreign islands, in domestic cities, and in human and animal bodies. Beginning with Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis, through Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, to H. G. Wells, Fritz Lang, and Orson Welles, we explore the many ways that science fiction has helped different authors imagine and cope with social progress and change.

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