This week we'll do an additional Science Fiction Writing Assignment. Follow the guidelines below, and post it to your dropbox folder.
You are to read a science fiction novel or short story or view a science fiction movie. The purpose of this assignment is to examine how technology is portrayed to the public through fiction/film. Is it presented by the author as a good, evil or neutral force in society? It is presented as being under human control or evolving on its own? The technology discussed does not have to be imaginary or futuristic - the book could have been written a century ago about technology that now exists. In that case, it would be interesting to discuss how the view of the author matches with what actually happened with the technology.
- Briefly summarize the story. Don’t give all of the plot details.
- List the issues that the story addressed in the context of this course (writing about science and technology).
- State the view of the author regarding the particular technology used in the story - good, evil, neutral, in control, etc.
- State your reactions to that view - do you agree or disagree with the author and why?
This writing assignment should be 2-3 pages long, double-spaced. Have fun with it!! Upload to Dropbox.