New class at Roane State to examine science fiction history

For science fiction fans, this new Roane State class is for you.

The course, “The History of Science Fiction,” (INTL 1010) will be held during the fall semester on the Oak Ridge Branch Campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:50 p.m.

The three credit-hour course will be taught by adjunct professor David Adkins. “I wanted to build a class that examined major changes in global culture through the lens of speculative fiction,” he said.

“Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, Robert Heinlein, films, television, and even comic books and anime all represent people trying to understand or explain confusing and often terrifying changes in new ways.”

Students will read and discuss short stories by some of the masters of the genre, including H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Allan Poe and Ray Bradbury. They’ll watch classic movies, from “Star Wars” to “Terminator.” Even comic books with science fiction as their theme will be up for discussion.

“Students can have some fun talking about various examples of science fiction in conjunction with the progression of modern global history,” Adkins said.

Registration for fall is open now. To view and sign up for courses, visit The application for admission is available at

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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