Science Fiction, Part I (Fall 2014)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

First half of two part Science Fiction class opens for enrollment, offers journey through time and space
Hollis, NH. – Strap in for a thrilling ride through the first 150 years of the science fiction genre with “Science Fiction, Part 1.” This 12-week course can be taken for master’s level credit or audited and offers students a chance to explore how their favorite authors have answered the big questions: What does it mean to be human? Are we alone? What wonders or terrors will tomorrow hold? Works to be studied in the class span the years from 1818 to 1966 and include Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, “Nightfall” by Isaac Asimov, A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr., Dune by Frank Herbert – and many more. Registration for this course closes Friday, September 5, 2014.

“Science Fiction, Part 1” will be taught by award winning scholar, Dr. Amy H. Sturgis.  Dr. Sturgis is an author, speaker, and scholar of science fiction/fantasy studies and Native American studies.  She has become well known for not just her research and writing but also her contributions the the popular science fiction website and podcast series, StarShipSofa.  This will be the ninth course that Dr. Sturgis has offered at Mythgard Institute since her first, “Taking Harry Seriously” which was initially offered in Spring 2012.

The Mythgard Institute is an online institution that offers challenging, engaging classes, taught by world-class teachers and leading scholars in order to provide students with new opportunities to study works by authors like Tolkien, Clarke, Gaiman, and others seriously and with academic rigor, either for their own enrichment or towards the achievement of a degree.  The Institute offers literature courses at the master’s level and offers concentrations in areas such as Tolkien studies, medieval literature, and fantasy literature.

“Science Fiction, Part I” is one of three Fall 2014 courses being offered via the Mythgard Institute.  Newcomer, Dr. Douglas Anderson will be leading “Roots of the Mountain: Fantasy Before Tolkien” while Dr. Corey Olsen returns with “Lewis & Tolkien.”

Image: Elia Fernández for Mythgard Institute

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