Science Fiction and the Popular Media
English 203

Animal uplift and the Golden Age

Discussion topics

  • Why does science fiction so often use animals (and uplifted animals) in its narratives?
  • Discuss today's assigned multimedia.

Assigned multimedia

Your response paper for today is about these materials and topics. Upload your response to today's assignments into today's Blackboard slot before class starts.

Discussion topics

  • Discuss this week's media content, its relationship to science fiction literature, and how new media changes our narrative experience.
  • Discuss today's assigned multimedia.

Assigned multimedia

Your response paper for today is about these materials and topics. Upload your response to today's assignments into today's Blackboard slot before class starts.

Level Up! suggestions

  • Watch and write about Dawn of The Planet of the Apes (in theaters now-ish) or one of the other movies in the series.
  • If you didn't last week, read one of the touchstones of the Golden Age of SF, Don A. Stewart's (aka John W. Campbell) "Who Goes There?" (or see Blackboard). Later made into multiple movie versions called The Thing.
  • Go see David Brin's talk and write about it!
  • Read and write about animals and sentient animals in SF.
  • Critically watch and write about another relevant movie, TV show, or other media with a science-fiction narrative.
  • Critically read and write about another relevant novel or short piece of science fiction.
  • Respond to this or another week's in-class discussions.

Be clear in your response about how these additional materials and ideas extend your understanding of the week's content, themes, and forms.

Here's an edited and abbreviated excerpt from the opening of the movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, when we see "The Dawn of Man" (the moment when apes are uplifted to humans):

Updated 8/18/2015.

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