Please note that you will receive extra credit points only for quality work that effectively relates the event that you have attended or your reading or film-viewing to specific readings or issues discussed in our class.  Your comments must be organized and developed through specific examples and meaningful discussion.  Strong extra credit submissions typically relate the extra credit experience to specific works in our course.  Of course, it is possible to earn partial credit on these assignments:  7/10 or 8/10, for example. No more than 5 extra credit assignments will be accepted from any individual student.

All extra credit submissions will be typed, double-spaced, using times new roman font.  Use 1" margins on all four sides of the page.  Since Microsoft Word's automated left and right margins are 1.25", you will need to go to page setup and change the side margins to 1".  Since all extra credit assignments will be submitted as e-mail attachments, if you are using the Vista operating system or have upgraded to Office 2007, you will also have to use "save as" to save your file as a Word 2003 file before sending it to me by e-mail attachment. 

Ongoing Extra Credit Opportunities:

  1. Read one of the following stories from the SF Hall of Fame Volume One and write a 2 1/2 to 3 page essay response explaining how the story develops thematic concerns or issues discussed in this course.  Your essay's introduction should link the story to others covered in the course while establishing a thesis regarding the story that you are discussing.  However, extended plot summary of the stories that we have studied in class should be avoided.  You may repeat this process for up to  five submissions.  Choose from among these stories:

                                                            "Scanners Live in Vain" by Cordwainer Smith [288-319]

                                                            "Mars is Heaven!" by Ray Bradbury [320-335]

                                                            "The Cold Equations" by Tom Godwin [447-469]

                                                            "Fondly Fahrenheit" by Alfred Bester [470-487]

                                                            "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes [500-526]


2.    I am allowing one 20 point extra credit assignment.  If you complete this assignment, however, you may submit a maximum of only three additional

       extra credit assignments.  Here is the assignment:


       Read Lewis Padgett's "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" and rent and watch the 2007 film, The Last Mimzy.  Then write a 3-4 page essay in which you discuss

       the film adaptation of the Padgett story.  Your goal is to evaluate the film adaptation by discussing whether or not it remains true to the emphases of the story.