Examines a global cross-section of science fiction in literature, film, television, comics, and other media. Studies the unique formal qualities of science fiction and traces its history from its origin in the eighteenth century to the present. Explores how the twenty-first century has brought new prominence to science fiction by creators of color, women creators, and queer creators, as well as intersections of these. Considers how science fiction addresses a range of phenomena--from environmental destruction to surveillance to imperialism and militarism. Students learn how to analyze and write about the formal and historical dimensions of the genre.