General Futures information:
“Science Fiction’s 2012“: Salon article featuring letters from SF authors and scientists of 1987, predicting what the world might look like 25 years later in 2012.
“Population controls ‘will not solve environment issues‘” BBC Article 27Oct2014
On the BBC: Column “Will we ever…?”
Parable of the Sower and Children of Men:
- Article: “The Gated Community Mentality” (NYTimes article)
- Assignment: Critical Review Children of Men (due Sat. 10/12)
- Science Fiction Poetry: “Poetry–indeed, all fiction–can be seen as the search for the universal in the personal, much as science can be seen as the search for the universal laws within the restricted environments of the laboratory. Fiction–especially, but not only, science fiction–is an exploration of causality, of the way that events affect other events, the way that our choices much us who we are. So, too, is science an exploration of causality, of the reasons behind events, of the links that make things the way they are.”
“Science, like poetry, is experience crystallized.
“The triumph of science can, if you will, be seen as the discovery of the vast power of the precisely used metaphor. Poets, too–or at least the best poets–are passionately involved in just that search for precision, for a metaphor that is in some sense “exact,” the unexpected correlation between two dissimilar things that, the more the reader ponders the connection, the more truth is revealed.” (The above quotes are from this website by Geoffrey Landis)
- Poetry Presentation Outline
- The Poems:
- “The Waking” Theodore Roethke
- “The Hollow Men” T.S. Eliot
- “Epitaph on a Tyrant” W.H. Auden
- “Fire and Ice” Robert Frost
- “For a Coming Extinction” W. S. Merwin
- “Finisterre” Sylvia Plath; A useful tool for analyzing this poem:The Wikipedia article on Cape Finisterre, Spain. (Note that the coast is known locally as “Death Coast”)
- “Truth Is…” Marc Robinson
- “My Butterfly” Robert Frost
Q: How do I annotate a poem? A: Begin by reading it through once (aloud is good, but not required). Underline any words/lines that immediately jump out at you, and note down the thoughts they evoke (ex. “this line reminds me of this movie I saw,” or “this part reminds me of my grandpa,” etc.–feel free to use shorthand). Next, go back through and look for patterns: A “lexicon” is a group of related words (ex. the lexicon of night might include words like death, dark, stars, moon, etc.) that can create a pattern, along with rhythm and rhyme. You can use WILDS to assist you in this. Finally, using the rest of your notes, comment on your final thoughts.
2001:A Space Odyssey and Brave New World:
BBC Article: “Next generation military robots have minds of their own”: This concept (as with many of the concepts in 2001) will also be relevant to the next unit, and will be cross-posted on the Robots & AI page.
“The Sentinel” by Arthur C. Clarke. This story was the inspiration for 2001: A Space Odyssey and served as the original basis for the novel and screenplay. (Available in textbooks in class)
“The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury(pdf)(Used in the intro to P.H.F.)
“Jamboree” by Jack Williamson–not available online. Hard copies available from Ms. Clark in class. (Paired with Parable of the Sower)
The story Tyler shared on 11/1/12: “The Egg” by Andy Weir