Science Fiction Goes to School!

Want to know more about the science fiction studies program at UC Riverside discussed in “It Came from Riverside (Ep. 3): Science Fiction Goes to School?” Well, here you go!

Rob Latham, UC Riverside

Rob Latham, a professor of English and senior editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies, certainly believes that UC Riverside is the developing center for science fiction studies in the world.

The Eaton Collection is central to this idea, but the university is also in the process of establishing an undergraduate and graduate degree program in science fiction and technoculture.

“UCR is one of the very few universities in the world to have a major library archive in science fiction and a substantial cohort of researchers, writers, and teachers whose work engages with science fiction and technoculture studies,” Latham says.

Latham joined UCR in 2008 as part of the initiative to build an SF program. In 2010 [SF writer] Nalo Hopkinson was hired in Creative Writing and this year Sherryl Vint joins the English department.

“Now that we have the three science fiction specialists on faculty, the task in 2012-2013 is to put together, at the graduate level, a certificate program (called at UCR a Designated Emphasis) in Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies. Soon afterwards, the program would also likely develop an undergraduate minor,” Latham explained.

UCR is home to the annual Eaton Science Fiction Conference, which is devoted to the study of all aspects of science fiction as a literary genre and social phenomenon. Last May, the university also hosted the symposium of science fiction and technology.

“Since our goal is to establish a degree program in the field, this one-day symposium [was] geared to address issues relevant to graduate- and undergraduate-level research and teaching in science fiction and technoculture. Our hope is that ideas seeded at this event will find fruition in future academic initiatives at UCR,” Latham said.

“It Came from Riverside (Ep. 3): Science Fiction Goes to School”


11 thoughts on “Science Fiction Goes to School!

  1. I am fascinated by this as a lifelong science fiction fan, and now as a scholar working in religion and popular culture. I write on this on my blog at and at Cinefantastique Online, in addition to various chapters in books. I am pondering the possibility of applying for a PhD in religious studies with you with an emphasis on science fiction and technoculture. Thanks for the Eaton Collection, this program of study, and the great videos making us aware of this.

  2. (Hardcover) Arthur C. Clarke The Lost Worlds of 2001 Sidgwick & Jackson, Paperback, 1972. 12mo. 240 pp. Foreword by Arthur C. Clarke [p. 11]. First published in 1972. Contents Foreword 1. View of the Year 2000 2. Son of Dr. Strangelove 3. The Sentinel 4. Christmas, Shepperton 5. Monoliths and Manuscripts 6. The Dawn of Man 7. First Encounter 8. Moon-Watcher 9. Gift from the Stars 10. Farewell to Earth 11. The Birth of HAL 12. Man and Robot 13. From the Ocean, from the stars 14. With Open Hands 15. Universe 16. Ancestral Voices 17. The Question 18. Midnight, Washington 19. Mission to Jupiter 20. Flight Pay 21. Discovery 22. The Long Sleep 23. Runaway 24. First Man to Jupiter 25. The Smell of Death 26. Alone 27. Joveday 28. Jupiter V 29. Final Orbit 30. The Impossible Stars 31. Something Is Seriously Wrong with Space 32. Ball Game 33. Last Message 34. The Worlds of the Star Gate 35. Reunion 36. Abyss 37. Cosmopolis 38. Scrutiny 39. Skyrock 40. Oceana 41. Into the Night Land 42. Second Lesson Epilogue Note on the coetnnts. The book is a very curious mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Apart from the Foreword and the Epilogue, the coetnnts can be split as follows: – Chapters 1, 3, 7-10, 12-18, 20-33, 35-42 are fiction: leftovers, alternative versions, etc. that were supposed to be used in the writing of the novel but in the event were discarded. The only exception is the short story The Sentinel which was published as early as 1951. All other pieces apparently appear here for the first time. – Chapters 2, 4-6, 11, 19 and 34 are non-fiction. They mostly serve as links between the fictional parts. The early chapters are mostly concerned with the genesis of the novel and the movie in parallel. ========================================== If you have the same defect of character as I do, namely if Arthur Clarke’s classic science fiction novel (1968) is among the greatest experiences of your young adulthood, you should certainly read this book. First published in 1972, that is when the events were still fresh, The Lost Worlds of 2001 is a detailed account of the strange working relationship between Arthur Clarke and Stanley Kubrick during the 1960s which produced a novel and a movie that have become absolute classics; curiously enough, both were born during the same time and the adaptation for the screen was actually released first, whereas the novel appeared a little later on the same year. I daresay this book might be quite boring for those movie fans who don’t care for Arthur Clarke or his novel, but it sure makes an engrossing read for those who do the opposite. It contains lots of compelling and illuminating details about the origins of at least one masterpiece. Since there is in this book quite a bit about the movie, I have to make something clear in the beginning: the extravagant praise usually accorded to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey I have always found frightfully perplexing. Now, I wish there was other say to say it, but there isn’t: the movie is perfect crap! What exactly its classical status rests upon is an absolute mystery for me. It is a visual tour de force all right, but that’s just about the only asset it might possibly have; except perhaps that some of its music is among the greatest ever composed; if, indeed, the movie has brought to more receptive ears the famous opening of Richard Strauss’ magnificent tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra, that’s something; actually, this opening is famous more because of this movie than because of anything else, I think. As for the visual side, it is not nearly as impressive today as it must have been in 1968, of course, but it has aged surprisingly well. So much for the good sides though. For otherwise the movie is one failure after another. To begin with, a good many people have complained that when they saw it before the book, they didn’t understand the ending at all only later did the novel make it clear. This is as expected for the ending is an incomprehensible mess. What’s worse, the pace is appallingly slow imagine a spaceship landing that lasts for full ten minutes, during which you can appreciate Strauss’ famous waltz An der schf6nen blauen Donau, another musical masterpiece from the soundtrack; but even the greatest music cannot make the scene less tedious. The whole cast is downright horrible. Keir Dullea is as dull as a Dave Bowman as one could

  3. Does anyone know if photocopying an article out of a magzine would be considered copyright infringement? Thanks :-). Okay, now that I see some of the answers I’m going to add some details. What if I bought the magazine myself, made the copies to keep for myself, but then gave the magazine to a friend (not for money)? Thanks.. regards!

  4. It consists of chtareps that were originally written for the book, but were not used. Also included are occasional musings by Clarke on the making of the book, and behind-the-scenes glimpses at the making of the movie. He kept a journal during the entire 4-year process of the making of the works, and some of them are excerpted here. It’s interesting to see some of the ideas that were thought up, but abandoned. For instance, what became HAL was originally a walking robot; the initial Dawn of Man scenes involved an actual alien, and there are numerous alternate endings (all of them every bit as ornate as the one we’re all familar with.) This is sort of the literary equivalent of the movie industry’s The Making of Kubrick’s 2001 (which I also reccommend.) A highly worthy buy for the fan.

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