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What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class? 1021

flogger writes "I have been asked to help develop a literature course for Science Fiction and Fantasy literature. What do you consider to be appropriate selections of short stories and novels in these genres for high school students of all ability levels? I'd also like to know why you choose certain selections. This class will be 'regular' class and not a class for 'flunkies' to earn a credit by sitting docile and listening to lectures. The following is a course description that I have been given as a guideline. This description can change. Any ideas? 'In this Junior/Senior level course, students will focus on the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Students will survey the histories of these genres and recognize how world events have been reflected onto other worlds. From the early formation of the genre, with Verne, and the classics of Clarke, Tolkien, Bradbury, and LeGuin, to the contemporary works of Card, Jordan, and Vinge, the genres have been about portraying humanity in possible scenarios. These works have mirrored events throughout the troubled situations of our history and provided optimistic outcomes and horrifying predictions. Through this course, students will utilize analytical skills and reading strategies to evaluate our current situation and project into the literature of different worlds while sharing and learning of an author's insight. Possible areas of interest will be topics of the environment, energy conservation, war, social issues, and others. '"
Google

Submission + - Google Plans to Unveil PC Operating System

rosaliepizza writes: Google is expected to announce on Wednesday that it is developing a personal computer operating system based on its Chrome browser, The New York Times reported early Wednesday.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/technology/companies/08operate.html?_r=1
Operating Systems

Submission + - Google Announces Chrome OS (blogspot.com)

derrickh writes: "Google has announced its own operating system named 'Chrome OS'. The OS is planned for use in netbooks with the the first retail systems planned to ship in late 2010. The company says the code will be open source, not based on Android, and will run on x86 and ARM cpus."
Google

Submission + - Google Voice, Google's Telephone Service, Announce

Goobergunch writes: "In 2007, Google acquired GrandCentral, a service providing a single phone number for users to receive phone calls and voice mail recordings. Now, Google has transformed GrandCentral into Google Voice, maintaining GrandCentral's existing features and adding several new ones of their own, such as automated voice mail transcriptions, free conference calls, and Gmail-style text message handling. The service is currently restricted to old GrandCentral customers, but will be released to everybody in a few weeks."

Comment From the Harvey Mudd student list (Score 3, Informative) 232

Professor David Foster Wallace of Pomona College's English Department died tragically on Friday. Professor Wallace was a well-known writer and gifted creative writing instructor. Pomona College has planned two events to remember Professor Wallace's life. The first will be tomorrow (Monday) evening at 6:45 - a candlelight memorial in the Peter Stanley academic quad. The second - an informal opportunity to share thoughts - will be Wednesday, September 17 at 4pm in Smith Campus Center 201.
Government

Submission + - Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto assassinated (cnn.com)

v1 writes: Yet another assasination attempt was made on Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, this one finally successful, the latest in a string of assasination attempts by suicide bombers. Quoting CNN, "Bhutto, who led Paksitan from 1988 to 1990 and was the first female prime minister of any Islamic nation, was participating in the parliamentary election set for January 8, hoping for a third term." Bhutto's comments regarding investigations into the recent attempts on her life were charitable at best, "The sham investigation of the October 19 massacre and the attempt by the ruling party to politically capitalize on this catastrophe are discomforting, but do not suggest any direct involvement by General Pervez Musharraf." The attacks are widely believed to be coordinated by the military who are currently holding power in Pakistan.
The Internet

Submission + - Former Wikipedia COO had criminal record

Goobergunch writes: The Register is reporting that Carolyn Doran, Chief Operating Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation from January to July of this year, was a convicted felon, with a criminal record in four states. Wikipedia general counsel Mike Godwin said that he had "no direct knowledge" of her record. Responsibilities of the Chief Operating Officer included ensuring effective audit trails and approval of Foundation expenditures.
Bug

Submission + - Follow-up on EvE's Boot.ini Issue

Krinsath writes: CCP, publishers of Eve Online, have posted a Dev Blog detailing the circumstances leading up to the deletion of XP's boot.ini file, which was earlier covered on Slashdot. The blog is decently detailed about how the mistake occurred (a new installer from their normal one), how they responded and what CCP has learned from it. While fairly dry, it is to the company's credit that they're being open about one of the more serious bugs to crop up in gaming's recent history.
Books

Submission + - Robert Jordan passed away (dragonmount.com)

Imabug writes: "Just saw news of Robert Jordan's (author of the Wheel of Time series) passing coming through my feedreader. An excerpt of the posting on the Dragonmount website (which seems to be down at the moment)

It is with great sadness that I tell you that the Dragon is gone. RJ left us today at 2:45 PM. He fought a valiant fight against this most horrid disease. In the end, he left peacefully and in no pain. In the years he had fought this, he taught me much about living and about facing death. He never waivered in his faith, nor questioned our God's timing. I could not possibly be more proud of anyone. I am eternally grateful for the time that I had with him on this earth and look forward to our reunion, though as I told him this afternoon, not yet. I love you bubba. Our beloved Harriet was at his side through the entire fight and to the end. The last words from his mouth were to tell her that he loved her. Thank each and everyone of you for your prayers and support through this ordeal. He knew you were there. Harriet reminded him today that she was very proud of the many lives he had touched through his work. We've all felt the love that you've been sending my brother/cousin. Please keep it coming as our Harriet could use the support.
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Sci-Fi

Submission + - Kurt Vonnegut dead at 84

Raul654 writes: "Science fiction author Kurt Vonnegut, best known as the author of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slaughterhouse-Five Slaughterhouse-Five, has died at the age of 85. Vonnegut, a POW during World War II, was inspired to write the book after witnessing the aftermath of the bombing of Dresden"

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