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Illustrates a main issue or technological development in the anthology of science fiction such as whether or not we are in the Matrix, gaming ethics, the social impacts of genetic modification or cybernetic enhancement, etc.

Reflection Paper Instructions

Paper Topics:

For this assignment you may choose one short story (either assigned or not) from The Wesleyan

Anthology of Science Fiction that you feel best illustrates a main issue or technological development in

the course, such as whether or not we are in the Matrix, gaming ethics, the social impacts of genetic

modification or cybernetic enhancement, etc. After choosing your story, give an overview of the plot,

before moving on to identify and expand on the story’s key themes. Specifically, you should answer all

the following questions in your essay: 1) Why is the issue or technological development in the story

important? 2) How does this issue or technology impact the structure of the self? 3) What are the

societal impacts of this issue/technology? 4) Are these impacts good or bad? Why?

After answering these general questions, you should also explore how this technology could impact

your personal life by answering the following questions: 5) How does this theme impact your life? If it

doesn’t currently impact your life, would it impact your life if it came to be? 6) Is this impact good or

bad? For example, if my paper was on a story exploring augmented reality, then I could discuss how

augmented reality impacts my life on a daily basis, as the technology provides information transposed

on my environment. This may be beneficial, as I now have access to a large amount of information but

it may also come with negative consequences, such as the fact that I may no longer see the beauty in an

non-augmented flower.

While I am only requiring two citations, you should draw heavily on other course materials (such as

your non-fiction readings and videos) to discuss the issues that your story highlights.

General Instructions:

One reflection paper (1000 – 1500 words) will be submitted by the final exam period of the course. I

will provide a dropbox on D2L so that you can submit your paper.

The papers should be 1000-1500 words and properly cited in any accepted style that you are familiar

with (such as Chicago Style, MLA, or APA). They should be typed in 12 point font, double spaced, and

have 1” margins. Please put your name on the first page—a cover page is not necessary. A grading

rubric will be supplied. Students will be evaluated on the quality of writing, ability to develop a

coherent argument, and use of sources. Late papers will be accepted only in very unusual

circumstances and only if cleared with the instructor in advance.

Being able to write clearly is an important skill to develop. One of the goals of the course is to develop

your critical thinking and writing skills. To help you with this I am available to meet via Skype to

discuss your writing, talk about arguments and objections, go over rough drafts, etc. Please email me to

let me know if you want to meet early so I can plan enough time for every


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