Reading Pohl and Russ

Reading Pohl’s “Day Million” and Russ’s “The Second Inquisition”

Please print out a copy of Frederick Pohl’s short story “Day Million” and Joanna Russ’s short story “The Second Inquisition.”  Please read both stories from start to finish.  Then, briefly write about your response to each in your reading journal.  Afterward, please read both stories again, this time taking notes and attending to some of theirelements as fictional texts (plot, character, setting, narrative perspective, figurative language, themes) more carefully, their historical and authorial contexts, and their relationships to various issues related to science fiction as a genre and to some recurring elements or properties of science fiction texts.  Afterward, please write some more about each story, what you now understand about it, and questions that you have about it.

Finally, please post three paragraphs in response to this post BY MIDNIGHT, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, the first briefly summarizing Pohl’s story and describing it in terms of its elements as a fictional text, the second briefly summarizing Russ’s story and describing it in terms of its elements as a fictional text, the third explaining what you found most interesting about each story.  [Please note: if it is easier to write about each text separately, feel free to use the third paragraph to write about Pohl’s story and add a fourth for Russ’s story.]  Finally, feel free to post one to three questions that you have about the stories or that you would like to pose to the authors of the stories.

Though not required, please feel free to post links that you may have consulted in the process of reading the stories and why you found them helpful.  What is required is that you read the stories carefully, write about them in your reading journal, and think about them in the context of our class discussions, Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” our discussions about that story, the issues and topics raised in the “Introduction” to the Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction and the collection of responses gathered in “Why Do You Read Science Fiction.”  We will be discussing the stories and your responses to them in our next class session.

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