English 145

Writing Technology: Science Fiction

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2020 Serpell, C. Namwali
Lectures MW 11-12 in 3 Leconte + one hour of discussion section per week in different locations (sec. 101: F 11-12; sec. 102: F 11-12; sec. 103: F 12-1; sec. 104: F 12-1)

Book List

Anderson: Feed ; Anthropy: Rise of the Videogame Zinesters ; Asimov: I, Robot ; Chandra: Geek Sublime ; Delany: Babel-17 ; Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? ; Forster: The Machine Stops; Gibson: Neuromancer

Other Readings and Media

A course reader of essays and stories.

Film/TV: Lang, Metropolis; Scott, Blade Runner; The Wachowskis, The Matrix; Villaneuve, Blade Runner 2049; Brooker, Black Mirror, Fincher,The Social Network


This introductory course considers an overlap among the disciplines of English, Computer Science, and Data Science—British and American narratives that revolve around technology. We'll look at visual and verbal texts from the early twentieth century to now, including essays, stories, novels, films, and TV episodes. These forms of "techno-lit" speculate about current and future technologies, including machines, codes, games, and networks. We’ll explore questions about time and space, language and data, the politics of virtual and material embodiment, and the ethics of our historical and current relationship to technology. This writing-intensive course also offers exposure to and practice in different ways to "write technology," including history of science, tech journalism, and science fiction.

Discussion Sections

101 Cohan, Nathan
F 11-12 51 Evans
102 Wilson, Mary
F 11-12 47 Evans
103 Cohan, Nathan
F 12-1 51 Evans
104 Wilson, Mary
F 12-1 47 Evans

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