After much deliberation—and with your feedback, both here and twice on Twitter—I have finalized the reading list for my upcoming Science Fiction class. Actually, I finalized it months ago, but I haven’t had a chance to post it here until now.
This list isn’t everything we’re reading; there’ll be short stories, critical essays, other nonfiction works, as well as some experimental writing and film. But the novels below are the texts officially available at the university bookstore or Amazon.
Students: you need not buy the paper versions of these books. You can purchase e-book versions for your Kindle, Nook, or iWhatever. In the case of We3, you can purchase digital copies of the three issues that make up Morrison and Quitely’s graphic novel from Comixology.
I’m excited for the class, and I hope my students are too. All of these novels stick to my original goal of exploring and challenging what counts as “human” in our increasingly inhuman world. And all of them are excellent, provocative reads.
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (Broadview) (This is the 1818 edition, not the 1831 edition)
- William Gibson, Neuromancer (Ace Trade)
- Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, We3 (Vertigo)
- Octavia Butler, Lilith’s Brood (Grand Central Publishing)
- Peter Watts, Blindsight (Tor)
- Nancy Farmer, The House of the Scorpion (Atheneum)
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