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Science Fiction


Avatar and the Flight from Reality

Spring 2010James Bowman on the sci-fi blockbuster and the mimetic tradition in art

Plato in Space

Summer 2009Charles T. Rubin on science, politics, and faith in Neal Stephenson’s Anathem

The Ambiguous Utopia of Iain M. Banks

Summer 2009Alan Jacobs on the “Culture” novels and the price of bliss

Card’s Game

The Unfortunate Decline of Orson Scott Card

Fall 2007Peter Suderman

Immortality Lite

Winter 2007Ross Douthat on the sublime and the foolish in Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain

Our Childless Dystopia

Winter 2007James Bowman on P. D. James’s The Children of Men, as novel and film

A Clone’s Lament

Spring 2006James Bowman on life as a useful pre-cadaver

Jules Verne: Father of Science Fiction?

Spring 2006John Derbyshire on Verne’s lesser-known works

Daedalus and Icarus Revisited

Summer 2005Charles T. Rubin on science, the future, and the Haldane-Russell debate

To Boldly Go

The End of Star Trek and Star Wars

Summer 2005

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