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A study of two genres that were developed in the late 19th century as a reaction to the increased mechanization and depersonalization of urban life after the Industrial Revolution. Readings include two collections of short stories and novels.



Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family-and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream. A blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and was the first book of a grand epic in science fiction.

The Hyperion

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope, and a terrible secret.

The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft

This boo collects the author's novel, four novellas, and fifty-three short stories. Written between the years 1917 and 1935, this collection features Lovecraft's trademark fantastical creatures and supernatural thrills, as well as many horrific and cautionary science-fiction themes. Includes such horror classics as The call of Cthulhu, At the mountains of madness, The Dunwich horror, The colour out of space, along with other works.


Case was the sharpest data-thief in the matrix—until he crossed the wrong people and they crippled his nervous system, banishing him from cyberspace. Now a mysterious new employer has recruited him for a last-chance run at an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, a mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case is ready for the adventure that upped the ante on an entire genre of fiction. - Amazon

The Golden Compass

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

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A Wrinkle in Time

A graphic novel adaptation of the classic tale in which Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government


Patience is a psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially 'Clowesian' and utterly unique in the author's body of work. - Amazon

Player Piano

Vonnegut's first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a super computer and run completely by machines. His rebellion is a wildly funny, darkly satirical look at modern society.

Ghost in the Shell

Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including “ghost hackers” who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers’ criminal ends. - Amazon

Apocalypse Suite

In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who had previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, 'To save the world.' These seven children form The Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers.



On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one's death & the other's glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can't shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea--even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-colored mole she's been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago.

The Hainish Stories, Vol. 1

In such visionary masterworks as the Nebula and Hugo Award winners The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, Le Guin imagined a galactic confederation of human colonies founded by the planet Hain--an array of worlds whose divergent societies was the result of both evolution and genetic engineering.

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He, She and It

In the middle of the twenty-first century, life as we know it has changed for all time. Environmental disasters have ravaged the planet's resources, and the world has been divided into corporate enclaves. Shira Shipman's marriage has broken up, and her young son has been taken from her by the corporation that runs her zone, so she has returned to Tikva, the Jewish free town where she grew up. There she is welcomed by Malkah, the brilliant grandmother who raised her, and meets an extraordinary man who is not a man at all, but a unique cyborg implanted with intelligence, emotions--and the ability to kill.

The War of the Worlds


These are the databases you would primarily use when searching for  reviews and scholarly articles discussing SciFi and Fantasy literature.


JSTOR Search Terms

In JSTOR, try searching:  science AND fiction AND



"african american studies"

"feminist and women's studies"


(Title of your novel/story)

Look at the suggested Subject terms in the list on the left hand side of the search results screen.


Reference Librarian

Academic OneFile Search Terms | Best Source/ Most Results

In Academic OneFile, try searching: "science fiction"  AND

"critical essay"

 "literary criticism"


(your author's name) Last, First

the exact title of your book/story, in quotes " "

"utopian literature"


"artificial intelligence"

For more Search Term ideas for Academic OneFile, look at the Subject Terms suggested along the right hand side after searching "Science Fiction"

In Academic OneFile, try searching: "Fantasy literature" AND

"literary criticism"




(a theme from your novel/story, for example: bravery, deceit, or power)

(your author's name) Last, First

Academic Search Complete Search Terms

In Academic Search Complete, try searching: "science fiction" AND

"20th century"

"19th century"

"history & criticism"

"social aspects"

(your author's name) Last, First

(themes you've discussed in class)


Electronic Journal Holdings

It works best to search author names or titles, and then search within your results.

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Science Fiction Studies

Novel: A Forum on Fiction

Modern Fiction Studies

Critique : Studies in Contemporary Fiction

Studies in Short Fiction

Review of Contemporary Fiction

Under 'Browse by Discipline' click "Literature and Writing" from the third column. 

Once here you can use the subject limiters on the left-hand side to refine which journals you want to look at, just like when we use the big search box.

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