My sister is awesome, and pointed me to this online class through coursera that is:
2. Conducted by a seriously talented professor at the University of Michigan
3. Totally awesome
The course is 10 weeks long, and started on the 23rd of July, which means you might have to do a little catch-up work...but I bet it would be totally worth it.
I've read some of the great stuff covered in the course, like Frankenstein, everything by Hawthorne and Poe, The Invisible Man, Herland, and the Martian Chronicles, but that still leaves a lot I have yet to discover. I'm seriously intrigued.
I'd like to be a writer of fantasy or science fiction when I grow up, and the fact that I haven't read even half of the units in this course reminds me that I'm hardly the sci-fi/fantasy guru that people sometimes accuse me of being (being this type of guru is almost pejorative as far as my wife is concerned).
Below is the bio pic of the course instructor, the honorable Erik S. Rabkin. Now, isn't that the face of someone you'd want to have marking your homework with a red pen? FYI his office hours are TWTh 3:10-4:00, if you ever happen to be stopping through Ann Arbor.
On a more general note, is the idea of free online classes taught by experts in their field totally amazing and cool to anyone else? This had better still be happening when Addison starts school, because that's probably the next time I'll have enough free time for this sort of awesomeness.