Literature of Horror, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Course Blog for LMST345 Ringling College of Art


Steven Barnes, Nalo Hopkinson, Octavia Butler, Tananarive Due, 2003
     Imagining a future relies on understanding and making use of one's placement in the present. Although there have always been individual authors who picked away at the edges of the genre, or even sometimes at its center, from marginalized positions of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or residency in the third world, our ideas of what constitutes tomorrow have often been based on non-inclusive assumptions. Over the last two decades the readership and the authorship of science fiction has become more diverse. This week we inquire into the effects of that increased inclusion. Has science fiction changed as it has become more diverse? Have the assumptions that have governed the creation of science fiction conventions changed as well? Have the conventions or tropes of science fiction shifted to accommodate a more diverse audience?

This week the suggested novel is the first of series of works by Octavia Butler in her Xenogenesis novels and is entitled Dawn. In class we will read "Bloodchild," a short story by Octavia Butler.

Here is the link to the week's assignment on the syllabus.

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