Hi all! Love to have you in the resurrected English 136: Science Fiction & Fantasy this quarter! A bit about me: I teach English composition, English literature, Humanities 101, and the odd Honors Seminar on monsters and monster theory at Whatcom Community College. I received my graduate degree from WWU, and was lucky to have a group of faculty there delighted to give me feedback on my Master’s Thesis about Victorian female werewolves. I’ve always been a science fiction and fantasy fan, and wanted to keep that delight going by focusing on authors and texts you might not be familiar with, though I have also selected some classics, too. My main aim in making this anthology was to include texts that show:
- a diversity of authors in terms of race, religion, and gender,
- the large swath of time and early historical influences of the genres,
- representative examples of particular sci fi and fantasy subgenres,
- texts that became pivotal in the evolution of the genres and society in general, and
- how awesome these genres really are in terms of plumbing the depths of what is possible, what is ethical, and what is human(e).
I hope you enjoy the show!