The Inklings and Science Fiction: A New Online Class

Have you considered spending some time expanding your reading this winter? Have you wanted to dig further into classic SF and authors like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien? This could be an engaging and inexpensive opportunity.

I don’t know of another experiment like the Mythgard Institute at Signum University. The entire community of teachers, writers, techs, managers, and students are committed to providing a platform where curious students of all ages and backgrounds can explore the kinds of books that are rooted in big ideas. These books–these authors, really–are the shapers of worlds, the “speculative cosmographers” that effect us today: Middle Earth, Narnia, Westeros, Avalon and wonderlands and Martian landscapes of all kinds.

I have the privilege of working with Sørina Higgins (of the Oddest Inkling blog) and Doug Anderson, a leading Tolkien scholar. Check out this list of readings and consider jumping in this semester!



The Oddest Inkling

SignumBadge_90x90You 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…

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About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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7 Responses to The Inklings and Science Fiction: A New Online Class

  1. sdorman2014 says:

    as per my comment at The Oddest Inkling: totally engaging! given the influence of each on CSL, it might interest a student to compare Phantastes with Voyage to Arcturus.


  2. Pingback: How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin (a review) | A Pilgrim in Narnia

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