SIGCSE Reads

SIGCSE Reads is a community-led project that allows a growing community of SIGCSE members connect to each other through science fiction. Becky Bates, Judy Goldsmith, Valerie Summet, and Nanette Veilleux organize a get together to discuss that year’s reading selections. The group often meets at a Birds of a Feather session at the Technical Symposium. The stories are selected via popular vote and email discussions in the SIGCSE listerv.

2022

By popular vote during SIGCSE 2021, the community selected two excellent short stories that bring new voices into the mix. Both are available online.

  • “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience(TM)” by Rebecca Roanhorse.
  • “Poems and Distant Lands” by Gu Shi (translated by Ken Liu).

By popular vote:

  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

For the non-fiction option, a look back at some of the history of computing with a memoir:

  • Think Black by Clyde W. Ford

2021

Rebecca Bates, Valerie Summet, Nanette Veilleux, and Judy Goldsmith. 2021. SIGCSE Reads 2021: Using the Stories in your Classroom. In Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE ‘21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 465–466. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3408877.3432583

  • Rusties” by Nnedi Okorafor and Wanuri Kahiu
  • STET” by Sarah Gailey
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells

2020

Rebecca Bates, Valerie Summet, Nanette Veilleux, Judy Goldsmith, and David D. Levine. 2020. SIGCSE Reads 2020: Author Discussion and Q & A. In Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE ‘20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 325–326. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3328778.3366996

  • Damage” by David D. Levine (coauthor of the special session at the conference)
  • Automating Inequality: How High-tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks
  • Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou
  • STET” by Sarah Gailey

2019

Rebecca Bates, Valerie Summet, Nanette Veilleux, Judy Goldsmith, and Naomi Kritzer. 2019. SIGCSE Reads 2019: Discussion and Q & A. In Proc. 2019 ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE ‘19). http://doi.org/10.1145/3287324.3287524

  • Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  • I Sing the Body Electric! by Ray Bradbury
  • Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer.
    • Author Naomi Kritzer (who lives in Saint Paul, MN) took part in a special session at the Technical Symposium.

2018

  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil
  • The Difference Engine by William Gibson & Bruce Sterling
  • Moxon’s Master by Ambrose Bierce
  • The Gambler by Paolo Bacigalupi

2017

Rebecca Bates, Valerie Summet, and Nanette Veilleux. 2017. SIGCSE Reads: Time for Book Discussion (Abstract Only). In Proc. 2017 ACM SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE ‘17). 721–721. https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3017680.3022354

  • The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir
  • The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage: The Mostly True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua
  • The Last Question” by Isaac Asimov

2016

Rebecca Bates and Valerie Summet. 2016. SIGCSE Reads: Time for Book Discussion (BOF). In Proceedings of the 47th ACM Technical Symposium on Computing Science Education (SIGCSE ‘16). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 703. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2839509.2850484

2015

Rebecca Bates, Judy Goldsmith, and Valerie Summet. 2015. SIGCSE Reads: Time for Book Discussion (BOF). In Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE ‘15). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 702. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2676723.2691861

  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Bellwether by Connie Willis

2014

Rebecca Bates, Judy Goldsmith, Valerie Summet, and Nanette Veilleux. 2014. Using science fiction in CS courses (BOF). In Proceedings of the 45th ACM technical symposium on Computer science education (SIGCSE ‘14). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 736–737. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2538862.2544260

2012 Panel

Rebecca Anne Bates, Judy Anne Goldsmith, Rosalyn Berne, Valerie Summet, Nanette Veilleux (2012) Science fiction in computer science education. In SIGCSE ‘12: Proceedings of the 43rd ACM technical symposium on Computer Science Education February 2012 Pages 161–162 https://doi.org/10.1145/2157136.2157184

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