Sources for Teaching Speculative Fiction

I am going to be teaching a couple of science fiction/fantasy courses in the next couple of years. Someone just asked for possible source material for teaching a college level course.

These are the sources I recommended from my “desk” in the UK. (This means that my bookshelves at home are not available as I have not created a digital record of my books.)

I recommended looking at the Hugo Award nominations for good fanzines (blogs) and fancasts.

2014 nominees for fanzines:

  • The Book Smugglers edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
  • A Dribble of Ink edited by Aidan Moher
  • Elitist Book Reviews edited by Steven Diamond
  • Journey Planet edited by James Bacon, Christopher J. Garcia, Lynda E. Rucker, Pete Young, Colin Harris, and Helen J. Montgomery
  • Pornokitsch edited by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin

2014 nominees for fancasts:

    • The Coode Street Podcast Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
    • Galactic Suburbia Podcast Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
    • SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester
    • The Skiffy and Fanty Show Shaun Duke, Jen Zink, Julia Rios, Paul Weimer, David Annandale, Mike Underwood, and Stina Leicht
    • Tea and Jeopardy Emma Newman and Peter Newman
    • Verity! Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
    • The Writer and the Critic Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond

I also recommended four books, which are on a list I have in a folder. These are not necessarily the ones on my shelves–though I do have Disch and Roberts.

Practicing Science Fiction: Critical Essays on Writing, Reading and Teaching the Genre. Edited by Karen Hellekson, Craig B. Jacobsen, Patrick B. Sharp and Lisa Yaszek

The Inter-Galactic Playground: A Critical Study of Children’s and Teens’ Science Fiction Farah Mendlesohn Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III

The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. by Thomas Disch.

Science Fiction. The New Critical Idiom series. Series editor John Drakakis. by Adam Roberts. Covers definition, history, gender, race, technology and metaphor

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