Sci-Fi Writing Assignment

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.

  1. Briefly summarize the story. Don’t give all of the plot details.
  2. List the issues that the story addressed in the context of this course (writing about science and technology).
  3. State the view of the author regarding the particular technology used in the story - good, evil, neutral, in control, etc.
  4. 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.