Science Fiction Short Stories About Personal Identity
February 12, 2013 7:47 PM Subscribe
I'm a graduate student about to propose a college writing class on science fiction and personal identity. The stories need to be short and brand name authors are preferred. I've got a prospective syllabus (see inside), but I bet there's a lot of good stuff that I'm missing that you know about.
posted by vathek to writing & language (50 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
My prospective syllabus is something like this:
Lord Dunsany - The Hashish Man
William Gibson - Johnny Mnemonic
James Tiptree Jr. - The Girl Who Was Plugged In
Philip K. Dick - Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
Stanislaw Lem - selections from The Cyberiad
Undecided shorts by Ursula K. Le Guin, Samuel Delany, J.G. Ballard
Personal identity is a rather nebulous topic, so please, interpret it broadly. I prefer science fiction to fantasy (Dunsany will be the sole exception because The Hashish Man is so short and so connected to personal dissociation). Stories by authors who aren't white or male are preferred. If you have other suggestions from the authors I've listed, I'm all ears.