Science and Science Fiction

One of the hats I wear from time to time is my science educator hat. At an earlier point in my writing career I wrote a series of hard science fiction short stories designed to help teach physical science for the InterActions in Physical Science middle school curriculum, which was funded by the National Science Foundation–there’s an illustrated student reader of my short stories associated with the project. I also worked as a continuity editor for another NSF funded project, Constructing Physics Understanding (CPU) smoothing the differences between the voices of the people who created the various units. The hat is pretty dusty at the moment, but I take it out from time to time for good causes. This is one of those times. Stephanie Zvan and Peggy Kolm are going to be moderating a session on science and science fiction at ScienceOnline09 on science and science fiction. As part of that they’re starting a discussion on the topic.

Go look.

Answer questions. Ask questions. It’ll be fun and discussions like this one are in the best interests of both science and science fiction.

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  1. 1. Peggy

    Thanks for linking! I hope everyone reading this considers participating in the discussion.

  2. 2. Stephanie Z

    I’ll second what Peggy said, on both counts. We’re really hoping to get a wide variety of voices and opinions on this, from the writers for whom it’s really all about the science to those for whom science is a metaphor. Physical science, biological science, social science, engineering–we’re trying to get beyond the usual suspects and see what all is out there.

    We’d love your help!

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Kelly McCullough

Kelly McCullough is a fantasy and science fiction author. He lives in Wisconsin with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats. His novels include the WebMage and Fallen Blade series—Penguin/ACE. His short fiction has appeared in numerous venues including Writers of the Future and Weird Tales. He also dabbles in science fiction as science education with The Chronicles of the Wandering Star—part of an NSF-funded science curriculum—and the science comic Hanny & the Mystery of the Voorwerp, which he co-authored and co-edited—funding provided by NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. Visit site.

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