This course focuses on science fiction ranging from the 1950’s to the present. Historically, science fiction has allowed writers to explore imaginative possibilities that are not readily available in more “mainstream” literature, and the genre continues to be a fertile ground for such possibilities, offering sophisticated critiques on a variety of contemporary issues. Students will read and analyze texts by a diverse group of authors, including Philip K. Dick, Octavia Butler, Ted Chiang, Joanna Russ, and N.K. Jemisin. Contextual readings focus on the traditional subgenres of SF (utopia, dystopia, alien encounter, etc.). SF films will also be highlighted in the course.