Summer 2013
Intensive Institute on Science Fiction:
Reading List Guide

When do we read the stories and introductions, and from which books? This guide will help you find the readings without having to paw through the tables of contents.

Be sure to read the short essays that introduce each story, as well as the book introductions whenever we start a new volume.

Back to the short-fiction syllabus.

Volume I: From Gilgamesh to Wells

The roots that grew our genre.

A fictional travelogue from proto-SF through the mothers and fathers of science fiction.

Day

Name

Author

Introduction

The First Voyage to the Moon

2A

excerpt from A True Story

Lucian of Samosata

Strange Creatures and Far Traveling

2A

excerpt from The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

Anonymous

The Good Place That Is No Place

2B

excerpt from Utopia

Thomas More

The New Science and the Old Religion

2B

excerpt from The City of the Sun

Tommaso Campanella

Experience, Experiment, and the Battle for Men's Minds

2B

excerpt from The New Atlantis

Francis Bacon

A New Look at the Heavens and Another Trip to the Moon

2A

Somnium or Lunar Astronomy

Johannes Kepler

Commuting to the Moon

3A

excerpt from A Voyage to the Moon

Cyrano de Bergerac

The Age of Reason and the Voice of Dissent

3A

excerpt from A Voyage to Laputa

Jonathan Swift

Imaginary Voyages in the Other Direction

2A

excerpt from The Journey to the World Underground

Ludvig Holberg

Visitors From Space

3A

"Micromgas"

Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire

Science and Literature: When Worlds Collide

1A

excerpt from Frankenstein

Mary Shelley

Science as Symbol

1A

"Rappaccini's Daughter"

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Anticipations of the Future

2A

"Mellonta Tauta"

Edgar Allan Poe

Expanding the Vision

1A

"The Diamond Lens"

Fitz-James O'Brien

The Indispensable Frenchman

2A

excerpt from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Jules Verne

2A

excerpt from Around the Moon

Jules Verne

Lost Civilizations and Ancient Knowledge

4A

excerpt from She

H. Rider Haggard

The New Frontier

2A

excerpt from Looking Backward

Edward Bellamy

New Magazines, New Readers, New Writers

3B

"The Damned Thing"

Ambrose Bierce

A Flying Start

2A

"With the Night Mail"

Rudyard Kipling

The Father of Modern Science Fiction

1B

"The Star"

H.G. Wells

Volume 2: From Wells to Heinlein

The birth of science fiction as a genre through the emergence of the Golden Age.

Experimenting in new worlds, exploring the sense of wonder.

Day

Name

Author

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Science: The New Accelerator

4B

The New Accelerator

H.G. Wells

The Literary Dissent

1B

The Machine Stops

E.M. Forster

Islands in the Sky, Or Romance Triumphant

4A

From Under the Moons of Mars

Edgar Rice Burroughs

More Things Under Heaven and Earth

3B

The Moon Pool (2002)

A. Merritt

The people of the pit (1979)

A. Merritt

The Call of the Fantastic

3B

The Red One

Jack London

The Horror Out of Providence

3B

Dagon

H.P. Lovecraft

The Science-Fiction Magazine Begins Its Amazing Career

4B

The Tissue-Culture King

Julian Huxley

Pedestrian Words, Soaring Concepts

3A

The Revolt of the Pedestrians

David H. Keller, M.D.

The Philosopher of Time and Space

5A

From Last and First Men

Olaf Stapledon

Ford's in His Flivver

3A

From Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

The Alien from Milwaukee

4A

A Martian Odyssey

Stanley G. Weinbaum

Who Went There

1B

Twilight

John W. Campbell

The Idea Machine

4A

Proxima Centauri

Murray Leinster

The World-Wrecker on Mars

5A

What's It Like Out There?

Edmond Hamilton

The Legion of Science Fiction

4B

With Folded Hands

Jack Williamson

Mission of Levity

5B

Hyperpilosity

L. Sprague de Camp

The Alchemists Gather

5A

The Faithful

Lester del Rey

The Fairy Tales of Science

4A

Black Destroyer

A.E. van Vogt

The Stars Appear

5B

Nightfall

Isaac Asimov

The Man Who Sold the Genre

5A

Requiem

Robert A. Heinlein

A chronology of Science Fiction

About the Editor

Volume 3: From Heinlein to Here

Science fiction blossoms: The rise of the Golden Age through the New Wave and beyond

What many consider the best work in the genre... at least the best published from 1940 to 1977.

Day

Name

Author

Beyond These Horizons

6B

"All You Zombies"

Robert A. Heinlein

The Clear, Cool Voice of Asimov

5B

Reason

Isaac Asimov

The Simak Reservation

7A

Desertion

Clifford D. Simak

Mimsy Were the Kuttners

8A

Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore)

The Bradbury Chronicles

7B

The Million-Year Picnic

Ray Bradbury

More Than SF

7B

Thunder and Roses

Theodore Sturgeon

Ecce Femina

7B

That Only a Mother

Judith Merril

A Matter of Time

4B

Brooklyn Project

William Tenn (Philip Klass)

The Social Side

8B

Coming Attraction

Fritz Leiber

The Expanding Universe

8A

The Sentinel

Arthur C. Clarke

Farmerworld

6A

Sail On! Sail On!

Jos Farmer

The Science in Science Fiction

5B

Critical Factor

Hal Clement

Why Not Literature?

9A

Fondly Fahrenheit

Alfred Bester

A Touch of Stone

1A

The Cold Equations

Tom Godwin

The Ballads of Lost C. Smith

7A

The Game of Rat and Dragon

Cordwainer Smith

Scalpel of Wit

9A

Pilgrimage to Earth

Robert Sheckley

The British Are Coming!

7A

Who Can Replace a Man?

Brian W. Aldiss

The Sirens of Mainstream

8B

Harrison Bergeron

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

That Old-Time Religion

9A

The Streets of Ashkelon

Harry Harrison

Terminal Fiction

7B

The Terminal Beach

J. G. Ballard

Again and Again

7A

Dolphin's Way

Gordon R. Dickson

The Future as Metaphor

8B

Slow Tuesday Night

R. A. Lafferty

Through a Glass Darkly

7A

Day Million

Frederik Pohl

Will Reality Please Raise Its Hand?

6B

We Can Remember It for You Wholesale

Philip K. Dick

The New Thing

9A

I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

Harlan Ellison

Aye, and Delany

8B

Aye, and Gomorrah

Samuel R. Delany

The New Scientific Revolution

8B

The Jigsaw Man

Larry Niven

Hard Science and Soft People

8A

Kyrie

Poul Anderson

Out of the Knight

9A

Masks

Damon Knight

Surviving the Future

8B

From Stand on Zanzibar

John Brunner

The Big Protest

7B

The Big Flash

Norman Spinrad

The Origin and Development of Science Fiction Writers

6B

Sundance

Robert Silverberg

Science Fiction as Simile

9B

From The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin

Issues and Controversies

9B

When It Changed

Joanna Russ

The Science Fiction Art Story

1A

The Engine at Heartspring's Center

Roger Zelazny

The Uncertain Future

7A

Tricentennial

Joe Haldeman

Volume 4: From Here to Forever

Science fiction comes of age.

Literary influences on the genre; the genre begins to influence the mainstream literary culture.

Day

Name

Author

Born of Skill and Money

10A

Born of Man and Woman

Richard Matheson

Heart of Darkness

11B

The Luckiest Man in Denv

C.M. Kornbluth

A Clash of Symbols

10A

Common Time

James Blush

Word Magic

12A

My Boy Friend's Name is Jello

Avram Davidson

10B

A Canticle for the Fifties

The First Canticle

Walter M. Miller, Jr.

The Lodestone Genre

10A

Nobody Bothers Gus

Algis Budrys

Inferiority: The Complex Problem

10B

Flowers for Algernon

Daniel Keyes

A Question of Identity

12B

The Moon Moth

Jack Vance

The View From the Outside

11A

The Library of Babel

Jorge Luis Borges

Inner Concerns in Outer Space

10B

From Dune

Frank Herbert

The Vigor of Traditional SF

12B

Light of Other Days

Bob Shaw

Ambiguities and Inscrutabilities

12A

The First Sally (A), or Trurl's Electronic Bard

Stanislaw Lem

Entropy and the World War

9B

The heat death of the Universe

Pamela Zoline

Speculations on Speculative Fiction

12B

The Planners

Kate Wilhelm

The Alienness of the Alien

10A

The Dance of the Changer and the Three

Terry Carr

The Virtues of Indirection

10A

The Last Flight of Dr. Ain

James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon)

Radical Sensibility

11B

Where No Sun Shines

Gardner Dozois

Escape Reading

10B

The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories

Gene Wolfe

Understanding Reader Reaction

11B

Angouleme

Thomas M. Disch

The Postwar Generation

10B

Gather Blue Roses

Pamela Sargent

The Star Trek Syndrome

11A

With a Finger in My I

David Gerrold

Of Men, and Women, and Society

9B

Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand

Vonda N. McIntyre

Of Novas and Other Stars

12B

Air Raid

John Varley

Science Fiction, Aliens, and Alienation

11B

Uncoupling

Barry Malzberg

Exotic Parables

11A

Rogue Tomato

Michael Bishop

The Labor Day Group

11B

This Tower of Ashes

George R.R. Martin

Fiction and Science

12C

Particle Theory

Edward Bryant

The Anthropology of the Future

10A

View from a Height

Joan D. Vinge

Form and Content

11A

The Word Sweep

George Zebrowski

Dialectic of History and Transcendence

12A

The World Science Fiction Convention of 2080

Ian Watson

Estranging the Everyday

9B

Abominable

Carol Emshwiller

Science and Fiction

12C

Exposures

Gregory Benford

The Real and the Surreal

8A

Schrdinger's Kitten

George Alec Effinger

updated 3/26/2013

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