Covers of the magazines that originally published, “Shambleau,” “A Martian Odyssey,” and “The Tweener,” images from http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?62090 , http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?62235, and http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?61078
Pulp magazines, as we’ve discussed, were hugely important in the publication of early science fiction (and SF stories continue to be published in modern magazines). Incidentally, the Georgia Tech library archives contain a large collection of early and contemporary SF magazines.
For this project, you will:
Visit the library archives during class time
Find and scan (with an app) a story, its magazine cover, and any illustrations published alongside the story
Upload your scans to Omeka, an online archive system and
Write a paper analyzing the story’s place in the science fiction genre (using research about the genre). This paper will be an argument about how the story embodies the genre through tropes, plot elements, setting, characters, etc.
You cannot scan any stories that are in the syllabus for this course. This includes:
Anything by Edgar Rice Burroughs (since we’ve extensively discussed John Carter)
C.L. Moore, “Shambleau”
Stanley Weinbaum, “A Martian Odyssey”
Leigh Brackett, “The Tweener”
Anything reprinted in Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles
Philip K. Dick, “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”
Additionally, the story that you scan must involve Mars (or another alien world) in some way and must have been published from 1930-1970.
Check with me if you’re unsure if a story meets the restrictions.
Archive Visit Days
In order to find a story, you will need to visit the GA Tech library archives, which are located next to the GA Tech library, between Crosland Tower and the Hinman Building (see this map: https://goo.gl/1GvvR6).
On the following days, we’ll meet during class time in the archives (not in our usual classroom):
Monday, February 8
We’ll meet with an archival librarian to discuss the archive and will browse SF magazines
Wednesday, February 10
An archival librarian will explain copyright and permissions and you’ll locate and scan a story
If you need more time in the archives, they’re open from 9 AM-5 PM Monday through Friday.
Any time you use material that isn’t your own, do the following:
“Quote” or Paraphrase (Author Last Name Page #) e.g. “Citation is important” (Krafft 3).
If there’s no author, use a shortened title: “Citation is important” (“Archival” 3).
In class on Monday, February 15, you will speak informally to the class about the story that you scan. I will open Omeka on the main screen and you should summarize the story and its context for no more than 1 minute. We will then discuss the assignment and reflect on it as a class.
The archival project is worth 100 points total (10% of your final grade in the course). The grade breakdown is roughly as follows, and, as with all course assignments, I will use the programmatic rubric to guide my assessment of your assignment.
Draft submission: Complete draft of paper submitted on Friday, 2/12 by the start of class time
The Basics: Final submission on time, meets required elements
Archival paper: Provides contextual information for story and makes a cogent argument about how the story embodies the science fiction genre
Omeka: Scan is carefully done and metadata is thorough. Story is catalogued properly and meets the requirements of the online archival platform.
Reflection: On time, meets required elements
Scanning Your Story and Images: CamScanner
You’ll need a smartphone to scan stories and images. If you don’t have one, borrow one from a friend or classmate. I’ll also bring my smartphone to our archival visits.
Download CamScanner, a free app that works for IOS and Android
To use CamScanner:
Open the app
Click camera icon in lower right hand corner of screen
Use the gear-shaped icon to open settings and make sure gridlines are visible
On the bottom of the screen
Select the single square for scans involving one image (e.g. cover shot, image)
Select the two squares for a batch scan (a scan involving multiple pages, like the story PDF)
Click camera to scan
In single mode, you’ll then see a screen that allows you to crop the image – click the check mark when you’re done
In batch mode, you’ll stay in the scan screen, but click the photo icons on the lower left hand corner to edit / crop individual pages. Click the check mark after editing and scanning all pages.
After you click the check mark, you’ll get to the document screen – click the open triangle in the upper right hand area to share
Expectations for grammar, mechanics, style, citation
Involves errors that risk making the overall message distorted or incomprehensible
Involves a major pattern of errors
Involves some distracting errors
Meets expectations, with minor errors
in a virtually flawless manner
Exceeds expectations and manipulates conventions to advance the argument
Design for Medium
Features that use affordances of the genre to enhance factors such as usability and comprehensibility
Lacks features necessary or significant for the genre; uses features that conflict with or ignore the argument
Omits some important features; distracting inconsistencies in features; uses features that don’t support argument
Uses features that support the argument, but some match imprecisely with content; involves minor omissions or inconsistencies
Supports the argument with features that are generally suited to genre and content
Promotes engagement and supports the argument with features that efficiently use affordances
Persuades with careful, seamless integration of features and content and with innovative use of affordances
Peer Review and Changing Your Draft
We will spend part of class on 2/12 doing peer review of your drafts. This means that you will receive feedback from a classmate on your work, which will allow you to make changes to your work between draft and final submission.
If you miss class on this date, you will not receive the benefits of peer review. However, I will still expect you to make changes between the draft and final versions of your project – these changes will just be based on your own self-reflection.
On Monday, 2/15 during class time, I will ask you to reflect on the project. You’ll then save that reflection and return to it later in the semester as you prepare your final portfolio.
This reflection is not optional and will count toward your grade for this project, so if you miss class when the assignment is due, you should still plan to submit the reflection on Monday, 2/15 by the end of the day.
The reflection should be submitted on the class blog (http://blogs.iac.gatech.edu/mars1102).
3 tags Answer each of the following questions with 2-3 bullet points PER QUESTION and 1-3 complete sentences PER BULLET POINT.
What were the main intellectual goals of the archival project assignment? Please situate these goals in terms of the course theme and in terms of the communication skills you were to learn or practice.
What is your argument or purpose in the archival project paper? How did you make the argument or purpose visible and persuasive in your artifact?
Who is the intended audience for your artifact; why is this an appropriate audience? How is your choice of audience reflected in your artifact?
What are the defining features of the genre or media that you are using in this project (i.e. rhetorical essay AND the Omeka digital archive)? How do you make use of these features?
If you had more time for revision, what would you change and why?
I will not accept the draft late – if you do not submit the draft by Friday, 2/12 at the start of class time, you will not receive credit for the draft element of this assignment.
The reason for this is that we will spend 2/12 on peer review activities, so coming to class empty-handed will mean that you would not be able to participate in that day’s class. If for some reason you have to miss class that day, you will still be able to submit the draft via T-Square.
I will reduce the grade for your final version of archival project by 10% for each day that it is late (including weekends).
Revision and Extension Policy
In this class, you may choose to revise 1 blog post or the archival project.
See the syllabus for my revision policy.
If you want to use your 1 assignment extension for this project, follow these steps:
Contact me at least 24 hours before the assignment is due through an email in which you explain the reason for the delay (OR have a documented excuse from the institute).
Propose in this email a reasonable extension (72 hours at most past the due date), which you MUST then keep. Past this new date, your assignment will receive the normal lateness penalty.