Science and Science Fiction, Spring 2007, Brotherton Instructor

Special Topics in Physics

Prowse Room, Physical Sciences Building, Wed. 7-10 pm

This is an upper-level elective course designed to explore science through science fiction and is designed to be accessible to non-major students. The course will include reading, watching, and writing science fiction to get a better perspective on science and humanity and to investigate some interesting concepts in physics and astronomy.

The course syllabus.

All written assignements should adhere to standard manuscript format as shown here. (pdf format)

Here is an list with the texts used in the course.

Some stories that are required reading for this course can be purchased for a small feed and downloaded from fictionwise.

Another location with new and classic stories of high quality is Sci Fiction. It's free, too.

If you ever get the urge to want to submit stories for possible sale/publication, this is the place to go for current market information:

This webpage has a very comprehensive grand index of writing advice. I'd appreciate feedback on articles here as it may be possible to move away from requiring textbooks in the future.

Andy Fraknoi has compiled a list of stories/novels with good science on a variety of astronomical topics.

Astronomy Picture of the Day is a great webpage to visit every day.