Science Fiction: Speculations & Destinations

Come explore the many forms taken by, and purposes served by, the science fiction genre. We will study a wide range of topics and themes, from optimistic science fiction depicting technology as a gauge of humankind’s development, to pessimistic prophecies of the human race engineering its own destruction. We will also consider science fiction as commentary on contemporary and classical socio-political issues. We will study science fictions origins in literature and its prominence as popular entertainment in films, television, and video games. Special emphasis will be placed on Star Trek as a staple of science fiction.