Science Fiction Studies in Georgia Tech’s
School of Literature, Communication, and Culture

The faculty and students of Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Communication, and Culture (LCC) are dedicated to understandings science and technology in the context of the liberal arts. One of the many ways they do so is through the study of science fiction and fantasy across media.

LCC faculty members draw upon their expertise in literary, film, and new media studies to examine how authors and artists have represented the relations of science, technology, and society in their work for well over two hundred years. In doing so, they demonstrate how science fiction and related fantastic genres have become the premiere narrative forms of modernity. Furthermore, by situating specific novels, films, and games in specific scientific and social contexts, LCC faculty members demonstrate how fantastic stories can help us better understand the cultural history of modernity itself.

Recent LCC faculty publications on science fiction and fantasy include annotated editions of classic nineteenth century vampire novels, anthologies of science fiction television, and cultural histories of women’s science fiction. To learn more about LCC faculty research in science fiction and fantasy, click here.

Students from across the Georgia Tech campus work closely with LCC faculty members on science fiction and fantasy related initiatives. Students who are interested in pursuing science fiction related research do so by taking LCC classes in science fiction, film, and digital media studies and by completing the Science, Technology, and Culture research degree option. Meanwhile, those who are interested in presenting their research to wider audiences and organizing public events do so by participating in LCC-sponsored events such as the Frankenstein Festival, the Monstrous Bodies in Science, Technology, and Culture Symposium, and the LCC Speaker Series.

Finally, students with proven track records in LCC classes can elect to join one of two interrelated, long-term collaborative projects. The first of these is the Science Fiction Laboratory,where students combined independent reading in science fiction studies with archival research in the Bud Foote Collection to help build an online science fiction dictionary and research portal. The second is The Sci Fi Lab, where students and alumni produce monthly episodes of a two-hour science fiction variety show for Georgia Tech’s student-run radio station, WREK.