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!
- Hothouse – Brian Aldiss
- A Case of Conscience – James Blish
- The Death of Grass (or U.S. title: No Blade of Grass) – John Christopher
- Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke
- The Dark Tower and Other Stories – C.S. Lewis
- The Great Divorce – C.S. Lewis
- Out of the Silent Planet – C.S. Lewis
- Perelandra – C.S. Lewis
- The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
- That Hideous Strength – C.S. Lewis
- Sauron Defeated – J.R.R. Tolkien
You 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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