Paul LaFarge

B.A., Yale College. Novelist, short-story writer, essayist. Author of four novels: The Night Ocean, forthcoming from Penguin Press in March, 2017; The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999), Haussmann, or the Distinction (FSG, 2001), and Luminous Airplanes (FSG, 2011); and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter (McSweeney's Books, 2005). His short fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris Review, BOMB, Conjunctions, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2013-14. SLC, 2017–

Graduate Courses

Writing 2017-2018

Speculative Fiction Craft: Science Fiction


For the last hundred years or so, science fiction has been a way for writers to imagine the future but also, implicitly or explicitly, to think about the present. In this craft class, we’ll read genre and mainstream works from the 1920s to the 2010s, with particular attention to the ways in which science fiction uses language to create a world and the ways in which its created worlds cast light on technology, gender, race, politics, and other human notions.