Having said all this, I am starting to think about what to do for next year. I already hope to do an I.S. course with a professor interested in Cyberpunk, which is great for me, because I'm interested in it too. That leaves me the option of doing one other I.S. course, since I'm allowed three of them for my degree. Quite honestly, I have every intention to use all three because it allows me to directly relate to the material most interesting to me.
The result is that I haven't a clue what I want to do with that free slot. Currently I'm thinking of the following ideas:
- Flirting With the Edges: A course that looks at works that flirt with the edges of genre fiction. Folks like Kazuo Ishiguro or Haruki Murakami, and no doubt loads more. I'd research this, but think of it as a look at books that may have fantastic elements, or SF elements, but don't flaunt them. One of Kazuo Ishiguro's books is apparently about clones, but he supposedly writes it so well that you don't notice until later in the novel.
- Octavia Butler's Xenogenisis: I've thought of doing a course on this. It's a huge trilogy, but it is also an awesome trilogy, or so I hear. I really like Butler's work. I've read a novel and several short stories by her and have to say her work is very good. This would be an interesting course.
- William Horwood's Duncton Wood: I absolutely loved the first book and the second. I've yet to read the whole series, but his work is stunning. I don't know, though. While I would have a blast looking deep into this amazing work, I wonder if it's not enough. It's a huge book by itself, and having the others would make for a great survey, but that's a lot of reading. I do love his work, though. I wonder if maybe I could do something with his work for a research project...