You are invited to take a fantastic class this spring: “The Inklings and Science Fiction,” taught by Douglas A. Anderson! You can take for it credit, or choose from two levels of auditing. Check it out HERE. It starts on Monday!
Here is the course description:
Of the various men in the writer’s group the Inklings who met in Oxford primarily during the 1930s and 1940s, two achieved world renown with their writings: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Both had a strong interest in the developing field of science fiction (the term itself was coined in 1926). Lewis on the one hand published more of what could be called science fiction than any other member—including Out of the Silent Planet (1938), Perelandra (1943), and That Hideous Strength (1946); while Tolkien left some aborted efforts that only appeared posthumously. Other members (like Owen Barfield and Charles Williams) tried their hand at some kind of science fictional narratives, or were (like Lewis’s brother Warnie) lifelong devotees of the genre. In the 1950s and 1960s, both Lewis and Tolkien were meeting up or corresponding with other now well-known writers of science fiction like Arthur C. Clarke, John Christopher, Brian Aldiss, and others. This course covers the Inklings creative and personal encounters with science fiction.
The reading list includes these marvelous books:
Aldiss, Brian. Hothouse
Blish, James. A Case of Conscience
Christopher, John. The Death of Grass
Clarke, Arthur C. Childhood’s End
Lewis, C.S. The Dark Tower and Other Stories
Lewis, C.S. The Great Divorce
Lewis, C.S. On Stories
Lewis, C.S. Out of the Silent Planet
Lewis, C.S. Perelandra
Lewis, C.S. The Screwtape Letters
Lewis, C.S. That Hideous Strength
Tolkien, J.R.R. Sauron Defeated [for “The Notion Club Papers”]
…and something by Charles Williams, TBA!