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COLA 100LA -- Philosophy of Science Fiction: Library Guides

Starting points for research in philosophy and science fiction.

How to use this guide.

Below are some suggestions on how to prepare for your class presentation on philosophical ideas in science fiction.  Finding a solid connection may take a lot of reading and viewing, so allow yourself plenty of time.  If I can be of any help, please let me know.  Good luck!  --Mark

Teaching and Learning Librarian

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Mark Lenker
4505 South Maryland Pkwy.
Box 457001
Las Vegas, Nevada

Talk with a librarian

My contact information is on the left.  I recommend making an appointment with me to talk about your project.  Appointments typically take about 30 minutes.  Once I understand your interests, I can give you more specific suggestions.  I enjoy philosophy and science fiction, and I look forward to working with you.

Starting points in philosophy

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -- introductions to major ideas and figures in philosophy, written by scholars in philosophy.  Use it to:

  • get an overview of a philosophical idea.
  • learn which philosophers write about that theme.

Search the library for books and e-books in our collection.  You can search for topics (e.g., free will) or philosophers (e.g., Thomas Hobbes).

Check out physical books with your RebelCard ID.  Access e-books from off campus with your ACE account credentials.


Starting points in science fiction

Search the library for books, e-books and videos in our collection.  You can search for titles (e.g., Bicentennial Man) or authors (e.g., Isaac Asimov).  


Go up to the 5th floor of Lied Library and start looking around.  Science fiction is shelved in the PS 3500 section.


Check out the DVDs in our Leisure Reading section.  It's a general collection, but it includes some recent science fiction.


Check out our streaming video collection.  It's not Netflix, but it's free (with your ACE account).


Check out the graphic novels section in the Teacher Development and Resources Library.

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