ENGL 2612: Science Fiction

This page exists to offer resources to students taking my ENGL 2612: Science Fiction course at the University of Winnipeg. Below you’ll find some links and other resources that may be of interest.

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“To Be or Not To Be?” is NOT a Thesis Statement — My presentation on how to write strong thesis statements for academic essays, updated with SF examples.

“Heinlein’s Rules” by Robert J. Sawyer — This article is not specific to SF writing, but is a solid summary of the basics of creative writing success, for those students interested in careers writing SF. Sawyer’s website has a lot of useful material on both creative writing and SF. You might also enjoy Sawyer’s blog.

Whatever by John Scalzi — Scalzi’s site is especially useful to get a snapshot of what’s going on currently in SF, since other authors will routinely write guest posts about their new books, and he also discusses various business matters that impact SF publishing. Another site that is similarly useful is the blog of Charles M. Stross.

My review of In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Margaret Atwood — Canada’s most famous author and occasional SF author, whose book about SF I reviewed for the Winnipeg Free Press. Might be of interest to you if you want my nutshell take on how Atwood relates to SF.