Whether we encounter aliens from distant planets or altered humans like clones, mutants, and robots, science fiction makes us think in new ways about our own human lives. It also helps readers explore traditional human problems and a wide range of modern ethical concerns. Students will think critically about their own attitudes and values in relation to the questions science fiction poses. How do we respond to “otherness”— an extraterrestrial creature; a hero with superpowers; a person of a different gender, race, or class? How are science and technology used and misused in modern society? Works studied may include Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Octavia Butler’s Kindred, and X-Men graphic magazines.