Anticipated Coursework Assessment change for 2018/19:
2 short stories with commentary and Class Participation 5 per cent.
Word count for each assignment (short story + commentary) is between 2500 and 3000 words.
Please access the following link to find out about the reading week-by-week:
Anders, Charlie Jane, All the Birds in the Sky, 2016
Asimov, Isaac, I, Robot, 1940-1950
Ballard, JG, Dream Cargos, short story
Ballard, JG, The Drowned World, 1962
Berlatsky, Eric, Alan Moore Conversations (see also 'Matthew De Abaitua in conversation with Alan Moore'
Bester, Alfred, The Stars, My Destination, 1956
Borges, Jorge Luis, 'Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius' from Labyrinths, 1961
Butler, Octavia E, Kindred
Chiang, Ted, Stories of Your Life and Others
Clarke, Arthur C, Rendezvous with Rama, 1972
De Abaitua, Matthew, The Destructives, 2016
Gibson, William, Neuromancer, 1984
Haldeman, Joe, The Forever War, 1974
Huxley, Aldous, Brave New World, 1931
K Dick, Philip, We Can Remember it for You Wholsale
K Dick, Philip, Ubik, 1969
Le Guin, Ursula, The Dispossessed, 1974
Le Guin, Ursula, The Ones who Walk Away from Omelas (in: Kelly, James Patrick (ed), The Secret History of Science Fiction)
Lethem, Jonathan, Hardened Criminals (in: Kelly, James Patrick (ed), The Secret History of Science Fiction)
Matheson, Richard, I am Legend, 1954
Moore, Alan and Lloyd, David, V for Vendetta, 1982-1989
Stapledon, Olaf, Starmaker, 1937
Sturgeon, Theodore, More Than Human, 1953
Tiptree Jnr, James, The Screwfly Solution, 1977
Wells, HG, The Time Machine, 1895
General texts that are useful for students undertaking Creative Writing for the first time:
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers, John Gardner. (Reissue 2001)
Get Started in: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, Adam Roberts, 2014
Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing, Ursula K.Le Guin, 1998.
Writing In General and the Short Story Inparticular, Rust Hills, 2000.
Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, Jeff Vandermeer, 2013
Science Fiction studies
The History of Science Fiction, Adam Roberts, 2007.
Microworlds, Stanislaw Lem, 1986.
Strange Divisions & Alien Territories: The Sub-Genres of Science Fiction, ed. Keith Brooke, 2012.
The Faber Book of Science, John Carey, 2005.
This Book Will Make You Smarter, John Brockman, Doubleday