Thanks, Ron. I've decided to use Brooks Landon's Science Fiction
After 1900: From Steam Man to the Stars. It's out in paper now. Not a
conventional history, but it makes the points I want made and at just
the right level for my students.
I'll be using the Norton Book of Science Fiction for short fiction.
I'm well aware of its limits--omitting earlier and non-U.S., but the
editors' biases otherwise match my own.
I used it a few years ago when the State Department sent me to
Germany to train Gymnasium (high school) teachers in teaching about
the U.S. using SF. It worked quite well.
>Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 11:47:17 EST
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>Subject: Re: Grad Course Design
>Don't know if it is still in print or not, but Kingsley Amis' _New Maps of
>Hell_, 1960, was generally regarded as one of the finest references for the
>"Early" and Golden Ages of SF. It's commonly available as a used book.
>Incidentally, will you be studying SF shorts as well as SF novels? Truly
>different literary techniques involved in the authorship of short stories
>vice longer SF pieces. That, in itself, might be an interesting topic for
>discussion in your class.
Paul Brians, Department of English
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-5020
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