Science Fiction Writing: A Way to Learn about Real Science?

Last fall I posted an essay about the potential importance of reading science fiction as an educational tool  (Quixotic Quest: Science Fiction as Discovery Fiction by Russ Colson),  Since then, I have done a small research study and written an article on the potential importance of writing science fiction as a learning tool.  I have posted this article on my teaching blog because of its potential interest to teachers as a way to present science in a way that engages students in the process of making the ideas their own.  However, it may be of interest to science fiction writers as well.  Check it out!

Effect of writing science fiction on understanding of geological concepts—preliminary results of a study in progress.


Dr. C

(Russ Colson)

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