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The Postmortal by Drew Magary was selected as the FYRE book for 2014-2015.

The Postmortal book cover

The Postmortal
by Drew Magary

UTC's 2014-2015 First Year Reading Experience

This dystopian novel follows John Farrell in a future when a “cure" for aging has been found.  Imagine how your life might be different if you didn't age (biologically) beyond 29.  Should such a cure be legalized? Who would be eligible, and how would it be funded?  Should everyone receive the cure? If not, how do we decide eligibility? How would standardized health care cope with the prospect? How would our other social infrastructures respond?

All freshmen are required to read this book.  It will be used for the First Year Reading Experience.  There will be a book discussion on the Friday before classes led by UTC facuty and staff.

If you are enrolled in ENGL 1010, 1011 or 1020, you also have a Summer Writing Assignment that is related to the book.  See below for details.

The FYRE Committee also encourages all members of the University and Chattanooga community to participate in the year's reading experience and the related activities.  Events and activities related to FYRE will be scheduled throughout the year, and information will be posted regularly to this site. 

ATTENTION INCOMING FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS: Here is your Summer Writing Assignment

The Postmortal, by Drew Magary, is in the form of an electronic diary in which the protagonist John Farrell describes his personal experiences during a time of great social change.  The diary includes articles about important events that affect Farrell's life.  We'd like you to try your hand at something similar.

  1. Purchase and read the book!  On sale in the UTC Bookstore during Orientation!

  2. Select an article about a significant issue or event from the last couple of years (Choose something from a newspaper, on-line site, or transcripts of TV newscasts.)

  3. Take  sometime to think about the issue or event.  Consider causes, effects, and your own and other people's reactions to it.

  4. Write a 500 word response (typed, double-spaced).  Your response may be a journal entry, a poem, a very short story or an opinion essay, but be sure to make your writing appropriate to the form your choose.  Take time to revise and edit.

  5. Bring the article and your response to your first English class at UTC in the fall.

Make your first college assignment a great one!

Good Luck!

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