Writing Science Fiction

A small toy silver robot standing in a field of daisies.

Does science fiction try to predict the future, or address questions of the current day? The answer, of course, is yes. (Courtesy of Johnson Cameraface on flickr. License: BY-NC-SA.)


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Spring 2016



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This class will focus on the craft of writing genre science fiction. Students write and read science fiction and analyze and discuss stories written for the class. For the first eight weeks, readings in contemporary science fiction accompany lectures and formal writing assignments intended to illuminate various aspects of writing craft as well as the particular problems of writing science fiction. The rest of the term is given to roundtable workshops on student's stories.

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Shariann Lewitt. 21W.759 Writing Science Fiction. Spring 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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