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October 31st, 2012
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Therapy in sf
"The Thing in the Cellar" (the short story, I hope, not the thing) reminded me.... long ago, I saw a mention of Delany teaching a course about therapy in sf, and I've never seen a description of the course, or even a reading list.

So, sf (including horror) that has therapy as a major element? "The Yellow Wallpaper", More Than Human, "The Other Man", "And Now the News", some of Henderson's stories about The People (why not include sfnal and magical therapy?), A Civil Campaign, that Purdom story about perfect therapy that's almost impossible to afford.....

I have no conclusions or even trends to offer, but it wouldn't surprise me if sf tends to mirror popular ideas about therapy.

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From:chomiji
Date:October 31st, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
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How about _The Lathe of Heaven_ by Ursula LeGuin?
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From:elenbarathi
Date:October 31st, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
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And her short story 'The Diary of the Rose' from The Compass Rose.
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From:rysmiel
Date:October 31st, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
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Gateway should probably be on the list.
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From:beamjockey
Date:October 31st, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
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"He Who Shapes," by Zelazny, expanded into the novel The Dream Master. Therapist vs. therapist equipped with a machine that allows them to enter a common dream.
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From:theweaselking
Date:October 31st, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
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American Horror Story is about the world's worst therapist, and most of the issues revolve around therapy.
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From:dmk
Date:October 31st, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Chip is over on FB if you want to ask him.
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From:nancylebov
Date:November 1st, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
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His FB (or at least the public one) is run by his publisher and presumably not a way of contacting him. There's an FB for Chip Delany, but it's for people who already know him, and it might be a different Chip since the picture doesn't look anything like him.

Edited at 2012-11-01 12:20 am (UTC)
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From:dmk
Date:November 1st, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
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I see, there are several. His personal page is https://www.facebook.com/samuel.delany . I can ask him about the course if you'll put together the question. I'll also Friend you over there.
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From:elenbarathi
Date:November 1st, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
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Woman On The Edge Of Time by Marge Piercy, absolutely.

Short stories:
'The Murderer' by Ray Bradbury
"It's Such A Beautiful Day' by Isaac Asimov
'There's A Starman In Ward 7' by David Rome
'Dreams Are Sacred' by Peter Phillips
'The Ethics of Madness' by Larry Niven
'The Diary of the Rose' by Ursula K. LeGuin
'Here Be Dragons' by Laurell K. Hamilton (horror; trigger warning for pedophilia imagery)
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