Thursday, February 15, 2018

Xenophobia In Science Fiction?

What is your definition of xenophobia, and how did the card activity make you think about your definition? What emotions can you assign or connect with the term and concept of xenophobia in Science Fiction? Please use the quote from your card in your response. This blog response is due by 2:30p.m. on Wed., Feb. 21st, 2018.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

"The Post-Mortem People" And Ethics?

Prior to reading The Post-Mortem People short story, please read/discuss/review the following medical articles taken from The New England Journal Of Medicine- Ethics Of Organ Donation; DDR And The Future Of Organ Donation. What are your thoughts? How do these articles make you think about ethics? Please respond and react to your class discussion and individual thinking. This blog response is due by 2:30p.m. on February 7th.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Extrapolation And Future Scools 2058?

Now that you have read many of your peers' Future School Extrapolation Projects, what are you thinking?  Holistically, what are your reasonable extrapolations regarding all of the extrapolations you have read?  What potential changes excite you the most?  What potential changes fill you with angst and apprehension?  Other thoughts? 
(Please complete this blog response by 2:30p.m. on Fri., January 26th)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

What Is Your Definition Of Science Fiction?

Robert A. Heinlein, author and critic:

Science fiction is "realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method" (quoted by Knight in Bishop, Nebula Awards 25, 3).

Theodore Sturgeon, author:

"'A good science-fiction story is a story about human beings, with a human problem, and a human solution, which would not have happened at all without its science content'" (as quoted in Atheling, More Issues, 12).

George Hay:

"Science fiction is what you find on the shelves in the library marked science fiction."
(Aforementioned quotes were borrowed from Dr. Agatha Taormina's web page): http://www.nvcc.edu/home/ataormina/beyond/


Which of these quotations aligns with your definition of Science Fiction? Please respond thoughtfully using references to class discussion, prior knowledge, science fiction literature, science fiction films, etc... Type using complete sentences. This blog response is due by 2:30p.m. on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"Ordinances And E.T.?"

After reading Denver Ordinance Article and Denver Ordinance 300, did you think of any Science Fiction short story or class connections? If you can incorporate quotations, reflect, challenge, or discern with keen insight, please do so in your blog response due Friday, December 1st.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Frankenstein Or "Us In The Machine?"

What does Wesch's short video about "us in the machine" make you think? How might this video connect with The Frankenstein Complex stories to date? Explain and use one quotation from a short story to connect. Reflect, dissect, challenge, etc... Please complete this prompt in class or by 2:30p.m. on Mon., November 6th.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Burros? Icky? Apes? Monsters?

How do the thematic elements(i.e.- humans' destruction, reversal of the expected, inferiority, etc...) presented in Xenophobia Concept stories and movies make us contemplate and wrestle with the concept of xenophobia? Does it pertain to anything in our modern lives and world? Use quotations from the Socratic Seminar, movies, and texts to support your claims. Respond to this blog by 2:30p.m. on Wed., Oct. 25th.