English 3372: Science Fiction

New Waves:

U.S. Science Fiction in the 60s and 70s

Prof. Jared Gardner

Office hours: https://jaredgardner.youcanbook.me


Office: 565 Denney Hall

This class will study the "New Wave" revolution in Science Fiction during the 1960s and 70s, which challenged the aesthetics and ideals of the so-called "Golden Age" SF of the previous generation. Employing literary experimentation and often privileging political and social issues over scientific realism, this generation of writers and editors left a lasting impact on the genre that is still very much felt today.

This course fulfills a GEC requirement in Literature. As with all courses fulfilling this requirement, students in this class will evaluate significant texts in order to develop capacities for aesthetic and historical response and judgment; interpretation and evaluation; and critical listening, reading, seeing, thinking, and writing. Expected Learning Outcomes include: 1) analysis, interpretation, and critique of significant literary works and 2) through reading, discussing, and writing about literature, students will learn to appraise and evaluate the personal and social values of their own and other cultures.


[HSRUF=Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, by James Tiptree, Jr.]

Week 1

Tues 1/10        Introductions

Thurs 1/12          Ted Sturgeon, Venus Plus X (1960)

Week 2

Tues 1/17         Venus Plus X (continued)

Thurs 1/19         Robert Heinlein, “All You Zombies—” (F&SF 1959); Anne McCaffrey, “The Ship Who Sang” (F&SF 1961)

Week 3

Tues 1/24         Judith Merril, “Shrine of Temptation” (F 1962); Merril, “The Lonely” (WoT 1963)

Thurs 1/26         Thomas Disch, The Genocides (1965)

                Quiz 1


Week 4

Tues 1/31        Disch, The Genocides (continued)

Thurs 2/2        Samuel Delany, Babel 17 (1966)

Week 5

Tues 2/7          Babel 17 (continued)        

Thurs 2/9          Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)


Week 6

Tues 2/14         Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (continued)

Thurs 2/16         Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (continued); “The Electric Ant” (F&SF 1969)

Quiz 2

Week 7

Tues 2/21        NO CLASS

Thurs 2/22        Pamela Zoline, “Heat Death of the Universe” (NW 1967); James Tiptree, Jr., “The Man Who Walked Home” (HSRUF 1972)

Week 8

Tues 2/28          Joanna Russ, The Female Man (1970/75)

Thurs 3/2          The Female Man (continued)                         

Fri 3/3                PAPER 1

Week 9

Tues 3/7          The Female Man (continued); [Elizabeth Blackford, guest lecturer]

                        Quiz 3

Thurs 3/9          “The Women Men Don’t See” (HSRUF 1973); “The Girl Who Was Plugged In” (TSRUF 1973)



Week 10

Tues 3/21          Ursula Le Guin, The Disposessed (1974)

Thurs 3/23          The Disposessed (continued)

Week 11

Tues 3/28          The Disposessed (continued)


Thurs 3/30          Frederick Pohl, Gateway (1977)

                Quiz 4

Week 12

Tues 4/4         Frederick Pohl, Gateway (continued)

Thurs 4/6          Frederick Pohl, Gateway (continued); The Screwfly Solution” (HSRUF 1977)


Week 13

Tues 4/11          Octavia Butler, Kindred (1979)

Thurs 4/13         Kindred (continued)

                Quiz 5


Week 14

Tues 4/18         Kindred (continued), James Tiptree, Jr., Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light!” (HSRUF 1976) [Joshua Zirl, guest lecturer]

Thurs 4/20         James Tiptree, Jr., “Houston, Houston, Do you Read?” (HSRUF 1976); conclusions

                Quiz 6

Mon 5/1        FINAL PAPER due

Required texts

Course Requirements:

Academic misconduct and plagiarism

It is the responsibility of the Committee on Academic Misconduct to investigate or establish procedures for the investigation of all reported cases of student academic misconduct. The term “academic misconduct” includes all forms of student academic misconduct wherever committed; illustrated by, but not limited to, cases of plagiarism and dishonest practices in connection with examinations. Instructors shall report all instances of alleged academic misconduct to the committee (Faculty Rule 3335-5-487). For additional information, see the Code of Student Conduct 


Students with disabilities that have been certified by the Office for Disability Services will be appropriately accommodated and should inform the instructor as soon as possible of their needs. The Office for Disability Services is located in 150 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue; telephone 292-3307, TDD 292-0901.


You are allowed to use laptops, tablets and electronic readers (kindles, nooks) in class so long as you are using them to take notes or look at class material. Please have respect for your education and your colleagues and do not use your devices for any non-course related purposes during class time. And kindly turn off the ringers on your phones.