2002, AER, 1 (2), 112, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/AER2002009
Teaching Astronomy with Science Fiction: A Resource Guide
Published 11 February 2003
© 2003 Andrew Fraknoi. Copyright assigned to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc.
KEYWORDS and PACS
- Bova, B., & Lewis, A. 1997, Space Travel: A Writers Guide to the Science of Interplanetary and Interstellar Travel, Writer's Digest Books.
- Czerneda, J. 1999, No Limits: Developing Scientific Literacy Using Science Fiction, Toronto: Trifolium Books. Teacher guide, anthology, and workbook for high school level and above.
- DeGraff, D. 2000, Fictional Telescopes: Astronomy through Science Fiction Eyes, in Cosmos in the Classroom 2000, A. Fraknoi (Editor), Astronomical Society of the Pacific (available through the Societys catalog at www.astrosociety.org).
- Dubeck, L. 1998, Science Fiction in the Classroom, Mercury, Nov./Dec., 24.
- Dubeck, L. et al. 1994, Fantastic Voyages: Learning Science Through Science Fiction Films, College Park, MD.: American Institute of Physics. Quick skim of science in a number of films.
- Fraknoi, A. 1990, Science Fiction Stories with Reasonable Astronomy, Mercury, Jan./Feb., 26. An annotated reading list.
- Fraknoi, A. 1990, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Astronomy, in The Teaching of Astronomy, J. Pasachoff & J. Percy (Editors), Cambridge University Press. Includes a section on science fiction stories and authors.
- Gillett, S. 1996, World-Building: A Writer's Guide to Constructing Star Systems and Life-Supporting Planets, Writer's Digest Books.
- Guthke, K. 1990, The Last Frontier: Imagining Other Worlds from the Copernican Revolution to Modern Science Fiction, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. A scholarly study of the theme of extraterrestrial life in literature, philosophy, and science.
- Irion, R. 2001, Frozen Species, Deep Time, and Marauding Black Holes, Science 239, 1984. A profile of physicist and science fiction writer Gregory Benford.
- Kitchin, C. 2001, The Man Who Wrote a Universe, Astronomy Now, May, 58. An introduction to the science in the science fiction of Larry Niven.
- Lambourne, R. et al. 1990, Close Encounters: Science and Science Fiction, Bristol, U. K.: Institute of Physics Press. Using science fiction in science teaching.
- Lark, N. 1976, Astronomy in Science Fiction, Mercury, May/June, 16.
- Nahin, P. 1993, Time Machines: Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics, and Science Fiction, College Park, MD: American Institute of Physics. An exhaustive study of time travel ideas and stories.
- Nahin, P. 1997, Time Travel: A Writer's Guide to the Real Science of Plausible Time Travel, Writer's Digest Books.
- Nicholls, P. et al. 1983, The Science in Science Fiction, Westminster, MD: Alfred A. Knopf. An encyclopedic reference book on science themes in modern science fiction.
- Parker, H. 1984, Biological Themes in Modern Science Fiction, Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press.
- Plait, P. 1998, Hollywood: A Full Moon in Every Plot, Astronomy, April, 49. On problems with science in many films about space., (See also his book Bad Astronomy).
- B. Preiss, & A. Fraknoi, Editors. 1987, The Universe, New York: Bantam. A further collection of essays by leading astronomers and science fiction stories with good science; deals with the realms outside our solar system.
- B. Preiss, Editor 1985, The Planets, New York: Bantam. A collection of essays by noted astronomers about the planets in the solar system and science fiction stories inspired by our current understanding of each world.
- Sagan, C. 1979, Science Fiction—A Personal View, in Broca's Brain, Chapter 9. New York: Random House. Sagan discusses how he was influenced by science fiction and names some stories and films that inspired and annoyed him.
- Schmidt, S. 1980, Science Fiction and the Science Teacher, Teaching Science Fiction: Education for Tomorrow, Owlswick Press.
- Schmidt, S. 1995, Aliens and Alien Societies: A Writer's Guide to Creating Extra-terrestrial Life-Forms, Writer's Digest Books.
- Taubes, G. 1983, Profile of Gregory Benford, Discover, Aug., 66. Benford is a physicist who writes superb, scientifically correct science fiction.
- Theison, D. 2000, Mars in Fact and Fiction, in Cosmos in the Classroom 2000, A. Fraknoi (Editor), Astronomical Society of the Pacific (available through the Society's catalog at www.astrosociety.org).