World Building in Science Fiction

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Abstract:

This paper discusses the various implications that world-building in science fiction has on society. The paper will question the importance of science fiction and how its existence can address major issues and bring them into public eyes. The various examples relate back to the overlying claim that science fiction has the power to stimulate discussion of major issues. This ranges from race and gender to the ethics of artificial intelligence. This paper will quote famous science fiction writers and connect how then and now, the thought process of science fiction has not changed.

The research goes into detail about how science fiction in various sub-genres of science fiction has brought up major issues. In Star Trek, they have the first on-screen interracial kiss and for the time period, this was unheard of and is one of the many examples of how major issues that were frowned upon are now being talked about. Overall the research shows the various implications of world-building like in Star Trek and how it can be a platform for radical change. It can be seen that science fiction isn’t the answer to all problems, but a way to scope out various possibilities and talk about what was never talked about in public.

Reminder: Complete Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) by Tomorrow (F 12/11)

Hi everyone! I hope your research and revisions are going well. A friendly reminder that the deadline to complete the SETs (Student Evaluation of Teaching) is tomorrow, Friday, December 11th.

Hopefully you’ve already completed yours for this course already, but if you haven’t done so yet, please take a few minutes to do so. These SETs are important for both me and the college, and I appreciate your filling them out.

I know we’ve gone over this during class, but again, here is the relevant information from the college (students have reported them going to their spam folders quite often, so please do check there if you don’t see it in your inbox):

In order to complete the SETs, students have be sent a separate email and link for each of their enrolled courses, typically via their City Tech email address. On rare occasions they may be sent to another CUNY email address (for example if a student is enrolled in a course via ePermit) or may be diverted to Junk Email.

Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) Administration

1. Emails will be sent from Scantron to student’s campus email address.

a. Emails will be sent from:

i. Sender Name: NYC College of Technology Course Evaluations

ii. Address: SPSSurveys@scantron.com

Class Notes (12/8/2020)

Future Class Note Takers

Next Class (Next Tuesday): Derick and Arin
Next Thursday: Ronald and Xaiver
(Yes, there are duel takers so that everyone has taken notes at least twice!)

Please come into the next 2 classes on time or even early. (5 minutes early at most.)

For your final presentation next week, here is the rubric to look at. This will be used for grading next week:

Presentation Rubric for Final Research Project (Fall 2020, Professor Belli, ENG 2420)

Questions used for the presentations today:

Things you thought were awesome 🙂
Things you thought were less awesome + advice / questions for making it more awesome :/

Announcements:

There is no class this Thursday. There will be no normal office hours either, but Prof. Jill will be around to discuss your project, but this still has to be made by appointment.

Image work needs to be cited!
Whoever is doing a presentation, please keep your screen up for Q & A!

Final Presentation Schedule
6 on Tuesday (12/15)
6 on Thursday (12/17)

If you don’t come in on time, you will lose the ability to present your work.