Machine Dreams: Science Fiction and Modern Culture

Instructor: John Rickard
Office: Vaughan Lit 111

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, and by appointment

Office Phone: 577-1424


Course Materials:

Paper 1 Assignment

Paper 2 Assignment

Paper 3 Assignment

Electronic Media and the Internet

Web Works--An excellent, comprehensive guide to understanding and using the internet, by Martin Irvine.

City of Bits: Space, Place and the Infobahn--Created in 1995 by William J. Mitchell, Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT, City of Bits bills itself as "the first full-text interactive book on the World Wide Web."

General Sci-Fi Resources

Course Materials for the Study of Science Fiction--Useful study guides developed by Paul Brians at Washington State University. Especially helpful for Solaris, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Blade Runner).

Cyberpunk and Cyborgs

Martin Irvine's Postmodern Science Fiction and Cyberpunk Page


Complete text of Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto"

Reverse Transcript: Hyperlink to Donna Haraway

Early Version of A Manifesto for Cyborgs

Octavia Butler

Octavia E. Butler

Philip K. Dick and Blade Runner

Martin Irvine's Postmodern Science Fiction and Cyberpunk Page

2019: Off-World (Blade Runner Page)

William Gibson

Martin Irvine's Postmodern Science Fiction and Cyberpunk Page

Study Guide for Neuromancer

"William Gibson Publications" Archive at the Electronic Freedom Foundation--Contains a number of interviews

Patrick Ernzer's William Gibson page

Fritz Lang's Metropolis

Fritz Lang's Metropolis

F. T. Marinetti and the Futurist Manifesto

Futurism--Manifestos and Other Resources

Futurism: 1909

Mary Shelley

Literary Works - Mary Shelley

Resources for Studying Mary Shelley

Martin Irvine's Mary Shelley Page

Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson's Home Page

An interview with Neal Stephenson

A Snow Crash page by Mark Hughes

In the Beginning was the Command Line--Online edition of a 1999 manifesto concerning personal computers and operating systems.

Syllabi, Course Materials, Etc., from Other Institutions:

U Penn, English 285: Interpreting Cyberspace



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