English 192
Science Fiction
Spring 2002
Professor William Warner

Course Overview



Study Materials

Course Policies

Study Materials

Required Texts and Films (see Schedule):
Books are available from the UCSB Bookstore, as well as in the IV bookstore.


  • H. G. Wells, The Time Machine & The War of the Worlds; Fawcett Books; ISBN: 0449300439
  • Isaac Asimov I, Robot. Reprint edition (July 1994) Bantam Books; ISBN: 0553294385
  • Arthur Clark. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Reissue edition (September 12, 2000) Roc; ISBN: 0451457994
  • Ursula K. LeGuin. The Left Hand of Darkness Reissue edition (January 1991) Ace Books; ISBN: 0441478123
  • The Norton Book of Science Fiction. Ed. By Ursula LeGuin and Brian Attebery. Paperback (June 1999) W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393972410
  • Various on-line readings

Films\ Radioplay:

  • Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
  • Radio play of "War of the Worlds" (Orson Welles, 1938): This radio play can be found online as the October 30, 1938 broadcast of The Mercury Theatre on the Air
  • The Stepford Wives (Forbes, 1975)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)
  • Star Trek: the Next Generation: I, Borg (1992)
  • Blade Runner (Scott, 1982)
  • The Matrix (Wachowski Brothers, 1999)

Useful links

These links are arranged in the order of their relevance to the class.

General Resources

Science Fiction Studies: Chronological Biblography of Science Fiction Criticism

The Home Page for Science Fiction and Fantasy :http://www.sfsite.com/home.htm

Science Fiction Filmsite. This high quality s/f film site offers an overview of films organized under rubrics: Alien Life Space Travel Time Travel Computers Robots Man-Made Life.

Introducing Science Fiction

Hugo Gernsbeck: A good overview history of this pivotal figure in the founding American s/f: http://www.wizards.com/amazing/history1.asp

Frank Paul's Coverart: Here is a collection of the remarkable cover art Frank Paul produced for the s/f magazines of the 1920s and 1930s. Paul helped to invent a "visual syntax" for science ficiton, one that would be used by early Hollywood cinema.

Professor Henry Jenkin, Comparative Media, MIT, "Media and Imagination: A Short History of American Science Fiction": This is a very thoughtful overview of the evolution of American science fiction, from Hugo Gernsbeck to cyberpunk.

Text of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Fritz Lang's Metropolis: this site offers a sound overview of the film and includes a generous selection of images from and derived from the film. It offers a careful account of the many versions of the film.

H.G Welles and Orson Welles

"the butterfly effect", or the "sensitive dependence on initial conditions," as it has developed out of modern science of weather prediction. This site offers a demonstration of an alogrithm that demonstrates the effect. http://www.cmp.caltech.edu/~mcc/chaos_new/Lorenz.html

Darwinism : an excellent chapter on Darwinism from Marxism and Darwinism, Anton Pannekoek http://csf.colorado.edu/psn/marx/Other/Pannekoek/Archive/1912-Darwin/#S1

On-line text of The Time Machine

The on-line text of The War of the Worlds:

Speculations on time-travel through discussions of films: The Time Machine (1960); La Jett (The Pier) (1962, France), The Terminator (USA, 1984), and 12 Monkeys (USA, ) http://www.umich.edu/~umfandsf/film/promise/time_travel.html

Official Dreamworks fan site of The Time Machine

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov Home Page: http://www.asimovonline.com/

Asimov's Science Fiction: http://www.asimovs.com/

Life & Times: Isaac Asimov: http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/03/23/lifetimes/asimov.html

Ursula Le Guin

The Ursula Le Guin official home page: http://www.ursulakleguin.com/

Interviews and articles on Ursula Le Guin: http://www.levity.com/corduroy/leguin.htm

Arthur C. Clark

Arthur C. Clarke: Unauthorized Homepage

Stanley Kubrick

2001: A Space Odyssey Internet Archive

2001 screen play

Star Trek

The Borg Collective: the best fan site on the Borg


Cyborgs-'R'-Us: A Guide to the History of the Cyborg Martin Irvine

Donna Haraway, "A Cyborg Manifesto"

Blade Runner

Los Angeles, 2019 This is a remarkable site for finding resources (images, music clips, scripts, etc.) to study Blade Runner.

Blade Zone A fan page with everything you can image related to the film


Complete Texts

Good critical analysis of the story, "Burning Chrome"

Bibliography of the works of William Gibson

The Matrix

Script of the Matrix

The official movie site for The Matrix: www.whatisthematrix.com/

This page was composed by Professor William Warner. Last changed 4/2/02. This course is part of the Transcriptions Project of the Department of English at UC /Santa Barbara.