Monday the 30th:
Lozanda, "Star Trekking in China," in Religion and Science Fiction
In what might be the strongest essay in our textbook, Eriberto Lozanda compares science fiction in America and China. His look at Chinese culture and sci-fi puts our own values into some relief, especially our assumptions about the future of the nation state. Read this essay slowly- it will be worth your careful attention.
"The Chase," TNG: Season 6, Episode 20 (Netflix)
"The Chase" is Star Trek's origin story, explaining how it is that aliens across the universe all have human-like forms. It plays into the ancient aliens hypothesis a bit, but also tells a morality tale about why human(oids) shouldn't let petty differences get between them.
If you didn't write a paper for Friday, this will be your very last response paper! Here's the prompt:
What are "scientism" and "nationalism," and how do these themes tie into Chinese history, culture, and science fiction? How does this compare to the American sci-fi we have explored so far?
Looking forward to your comments!