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British Science Fiction

Class at Faculty of Arts |



This course is designed to provide an introduction to the major texts/discourses of British Science Fiction Literature.

The after mentioned texts are selected to be representative of major themes and movements in this genre and it is anticipated that students will do their own reading beyond the core texts. Classes are organized around discussion/micro-lectures of the assigned texts


Credit is awarded on the basis of attendance (max 3 absences), participation (presentations) and submission of two position papers (1000 words each). MA students must submit a longer paper(details on application).

British Science Fiction-Required Reading

E.A.Abbott- Flatland(1884)

H.G.Wells- The Time Machine(1895)/Men Like Gods(1923)

E.M.Forster- The Machine Stops(1909)

Olaf Stapledon-Last and First Men(1930)

Aldous Huxley- Brave New World(1932)/Brave New World Revisited(1958)

George Orwell-1984(1949)

John Wyndham- The Day of the Triffids(1951)/ The Midwich Cuckoos(1957)

John Christopher- The Death of Grass (1956)

Brian Aldiss-Hothouse(1962)

J.G.Ballard-Crash(1973)/Vermillion Sands(1971)/High Rise(1975)

Adam Roberts- New Model Army(2010)/Yellow Blue Tibia(2009 )

Ian M Banks-The Algebraist(2004)

Chris Beckett-Dark Eden(2012)

* Texts are supplemented with ancillary readings where appropriate. The core texts listed are the basis of class discussions and should therefore be read prior to class sessions dealing with them.