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Critical Response Papers -- Everyone must complete at least 6 of the 14 possible short critical and analytical response papers; response papers for Week 1 and Week 5 and Week 10 are strongly recommended of all students. Each week, response papers are due on Saturday by noon. Papers are submitted electronically via Moodle:

Critical Context & Question Presentation -- You will be a required to sign up for an oral presentation individually or in small groups. For your presentation, research a topic relevant to the week's texts, generate a critical question to get class discussion started, and create a single-spaced, 1-page handout for the whole class. Presentations are 4-6 minutes and may include media.

Asian American Science Fiction Critical Review -- a 500-700 word analytical review of a text you would think could be or should be included in our class. Critical Reviews are due by the last day of instruction and will be posted to the class blog.
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Information Sheets

The following are handouts, informational sheets, and readings that will be assigned or used over the course of the quarter. Each student will recieve a copy of each as a handout in class during the appropriate week. If you miss a sheet, feel free to print out a new copy.

Ed's Top Ten List of "Ways to Survive University"

Ed's Top Ten Rules of Writing

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

MLA Citation and Bibliographic Format

What is Close Reading?


There are six novels required by the class in addition to a handful of short readings. The novels are available via the Drew Bookstore (or through any reputable bookseller). The course reader is available for purchase in the main English office in 108 Sitterly House. Consult the course syllabus for the week's required reading. The following is a full bibliographical list of the class readings:

Chiang, Ted. "Liking What You See: A Documentary." Stories of Your Life and Others. New York: Tor, 2002. 281-323.

Heinlein, Robert A. Sixth Column. Riverdale, NY: Baen, 1949.

Huang, Betsy. "Reorientations: On Asian American Science Fiction." Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 95-140.

Kim, Alice Sola. "Beautiful White Bodies." Strange Horizons. 7 Dec. 2009. 19 Jan. 2015. Web.

Lai, Larissa. "Rachel." Automaton Biographies. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009. 9-41.

Lai, Larissa. Salt Fish Girl. Toronto, ON: Thomas Allen, 2002.

Lee, Yoon Ha. "Ghostweight." Clarkesworld. Jan. 2011. 19 Jan. 2015. Web.

Liu, Ken. "The Paper Menagerie." io9. 8 Nov. 2012. 19 Jan. 2015. Web.

London, Jack. "The Unparalleled Invasion." The Jack London Online Collection. 19 Jan. 2015. Web.

Mori, Toshio. Yokohama, California. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1949.

Obeso, Dionne. "Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014: How Multicultural Is Your Multiverse?" Publishers Weekly. 3 Oct. 2014. 19 Jan. 2015. Web.

Raymond, Alex. Flash Gordon: On the Planet Mongo: The Complete Flash Gordon Library 1934-37. London: Titan Books, 2012.

Rohmer, Sax. The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu. London: Titan Books, 2012.

Singh, Vandana. "Occasional Writer: An Interview with Science Fiction Author Ted Chiang." Asian American Writers' Workshop. 3 Oct. 2012. 19 Jan. 2015. Web.

Somtow, S.P. "The Thirteenth Utopia." Analog. 99.4 (April 1979): 144-160.

Tan, Amy. The HUndred Secret Senses. New York: Penguin, 2010.

Yang, Gene Luen and Sonny Liew. The Shadow Hero. New York: First Second, 2014.

Yep, Laurence. Dragonwings. New York: Harper Trophy, 1975.


Blade Runner. Dir. Ridley Scott. Warner Bros., 1982. DVD.

"Errand of Mercy." Star Trek Original Series (Remastered). Season 1, Episode 26. CBS, 1966. Digital.

"Give 'Em Enough Rope." The Green Hornet. 20th Century Fox Television, 1966. Web.

Robot Stories. Dir. Greg Pak. Pak Film, 2003. DVD.

"The Silent Gun." The Green Hornet. 20th Century Fox Television, 1966. Web.

"Welcome to Republic City." Avatar: The Legend of Korra. Nickelodeon, 2012. Web.
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