Introduction to Science Fiction

This course is designed to teach you what science fiction is, and identify and define its tropes (conceptual short cuts). This course will also introduce popular works according to the different science fiction eras, resources to aid in reading science fiction, prominent awards in the field of science fiction, as well as characterization, plot, and worldbuilding.


Starting Date

Always Available


8 Weeks



What you are going to learn

A few more words about this course

You'll learn the history and evolution of science fiction and will use what you've learned to write a science fiction short story.
Throughout this course you will learn about:

  • The two kinds of science fiction
  • Ancient sources and precursors of science fiction
  • The Golden Age of science fiction
  • The authors of the New Wave
  • Resources to learn more about science fiction
  • The elements of a science fiction story

K. Ceres Wright, M.A.

Author; President, Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction
Ceres received her master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and her thesis novel for the program, Cog, was published by Dog Star Books in 2013. Wright’s science fiction poem, "Doomed," was a nominee for the Rhysling Award, the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s highest honor. Her stories, articles, and poems have appeared in the Locus Award–winning Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler; FIYAH Literary Magazine; Bram Stoker Award Finalist Sycorax’s Daughters; The Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Boom; award-winning Many Genres, One Craft; and many others. She also has an article, "Afrofuturism and the Intersectionality of Black Feminism, Civil Rights, the Space Race, and Hip Hop," in the upcoming anthology, BOOGIE DOWN PREDICTIONS: Hip-Hop, Time, and Afrofuturism. She is Founder and President of DWASF.
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