I received a copy of the syllabus for my political science fiction seminar class today. The class is based around reading dystopian novels that deal with social justice issues. It was my number one choice for my first-year seminar class, so I’m pretty thrilled about taking it along with my second choice, Global Society. I’ve already read one of the books on the list, and I’ve had experiences with the two of the other authors.
- The Lathe of Heaven (Ursula LeGuin)
- Cat’s Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
- Blade Runner (Philip K. Dick)
- We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)
- The Dispossessed (Ursula LeGuin)
- The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
- Speaker for the Dead (Orson Scott Card)
You already know that I’m not a fan of Orson Scott Card, and I’m actually really upset that I have to purchase another of his books. The only upside is that I’ve read Ender’s Game, the first book in the series, so I won’t be confused when I begin the second book, Speaker for the Dead. I’ve read Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, and while I didn’t like it, I’m hoping to have better luck with Cat’s Cradle.
And I’ve already read The Handmaid’s Tale (my review here), but I’m not the least bit upset I’m reading it again; it’s a great book. The book I’m looking most forward to reading is We. It’s been on my to-be-read list for a while, and it sounds the most interesting of the books on the syllabus.
There’s also a collection of short stories I have to purchased through the government department when I arrive at school, so I don’t know which are included other than the one I have to read during the summer — “Meat” by Terry Bisson. You can read “Meat” in its entirety here.