Teaching SF for the first time can be an incredibly daunting experience. Personally, you have to be prepared to discuss difficult and often delicate topics to a group of students, some of whom may think they hate science fiction. Academically, you will have to strike a balance between what you consider important, relevant, or good SF and what is generally understood as important, relevant, or good.
Next semester, AboutSF Volunteer Coordinator Mackenzie is embarking on a new teaching discovery! I'll be teaching an introduction to fiction course titled "Teens and Technology" here at KU. While my students will mostly be out of their teens, we will be reading several SF books marketed specifically at Young Adults to discover the relationship teens have with our changing technologies. Click here to read what I'll be up to and stay tuned as I share my syllabus, experiences, and classroom activities.
I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, last weekend to present a paper on the intersections of science fiction, fantasy, and folklore in Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference. As a doctoral student in the English Department at the University of Kansas, I've traveled to a number of national and regional humanities conferences over the past few years, and I've been pleased to see several SF-related panels featured at each conference—though that's not to say