Science Fiction

Danny Yee (danny@STAFF.CS.SU.OZ.AU)
Mon, 21 Nov 1994 19:23:54 +1000

Seeker1 writes:
> the need for Anthrofuturism, ...
> Heavily drenched with science fiction? Maybe. But this is
> because it seems only science fiction writers seem to be willing to take
> risks and speculate beyond their data.)

This reminds me of something I've been meaning to ask for a while.
I'm looking for a list of science fiction novels that involve
anthropology. By this I include novels that are anthropological
in focus, of which there are rather a lot around (not all contact
with other lifeform/other culture novels really qualify, though) are
quite a lot around), but more particularly where anthropologists at
work are among the characters (e.g Kellog's _The Wave and the Flame_
or Cherryh's _Fourty Thousand in Gehenna).

If no one knows of such a list, I'm prepared to compile one.
(I already maintain a list of historical novels set before 1000
A.D., if anyone is interested in that.) Send me suggestions, with
at least title, author and a brief description of how they involve
anthropology. If anyone has any ideas on a thematic organisation of
such a bibliography let me know.

Has anyone ever tried to teach a "creative anthropology" course?

Anyone read LeGuin's _Always Coming Home_? What did you think of it?

Danny Yee.