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Sci Fi, Then and Now: A Creative Writing Workshop


Paul LaFarge, Instructor 

Since the publication of Hugo Gernsback's novel Ralph 124C 41+ in 1911 (and probably long before then), science fiction has given creative writers a means to imagine alternate worlds, and to comment on the "real" world as they see it. Science fiction is remarkable in that it is both deeply escapist and pointedly (and sometimes presciently) critical. In this writing workshop, we'll look at texts that illustrate the craft of science fiction as it has evolved from the Golden Age of the pulps to the “slipstream” and literary Sci Fi of today. Participants will engage in some science fiction writing of their own.
Paul La Farge is the author of three novels and a collection of fictitious dreams. His short stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, Cabinet, Conjunctions, The Believer, and Bookforum. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of the Bard Fiction Prize. A web-based version of his most recent novel, Luminous Airplanes, can be found at



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