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Science Fiction and Politics, Courtney Brown, Emory University

By Courtney Brown, Ph.D.

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Science Fiction and Politics Class, Courtney Brown, Emory University. It has long been known that science fiction often seeks to foretell future technological developments. But it is also true that much science fiction foretells social science, and it can offer explicit commentaries on the political and social evolution of our societies. Isaac Asimov's depiction of the new science of psychohistory, Fritz Lang's biting critique of human society in his science fiction movie "Metropolis," and H.G. Well’s similarly powerful perspective on social and political development as portrayed in his novel "The Time Machine," are just a few examples. This seminar examines the role of science fiction as a powerful vehicle for social and political commentary, especially as it relates to the evolutionary tendencies of human societies.

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Tremendous lectures! Highly recommended!!

Wow. . . am about halfway through these and recommend them to anyone, not just those interested in science fiction and/or politics. Great sound to signal ratio. I'm a poor student at a second rate community college so it makes me jealous to compare the level of content to what I'm getting at my school ): On the bright side though now I can listen for free, and I don't have to write the papers! My only complaint is that he didn't include any of the Dune series in the syllabus, but other than that omission he covers all my other faves. The sound quality is excellent, especially considering the classroom setting (which actually I don't mind, although at first I wasn't sure how the class participation might affect the flow of the podcast).

Wonderful patient teacher - awful audience

I am blown away by admiration for this teacher. He is patient, courteous and persistent. He drags the audience back to the main issue until he is sure he has his points across. The student audience, however, is painful. Most of them have clearly not read the books being discussed and understood little of those they have read. They are unable to relate the books to the wider social or political world, and repeatedly interrupt with irrelevant comments.

Where was this professor when I was in college?!!!

Fantastic lectures.. great insight.. and WOULD be great discussions, but his students time and again let us down. They have read the texts, but i don't think they have really grasped the meaning or soul of the books. This is the kind of Prof. that you would corner after class and drag out to coffee just to pick his brain some more. I wish he would go back and re-examine some of the earlier pieces (Neuromance in particular) with another class.

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