What are good SF stories for teaching science?
February 29, 2012 2:20 PM Subscribe
What books and short stories would you use for a class trying to teach about science by reading science fiction?
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I've got a friend developing a science class that will read science fiction stories and use them for teaching about various scientific topics. I'm trying to help him come up with a reading list of books and short stories. I think he's more interested in stories with good science rather than teaching good science by correcting stories with bad science. He's most interested in physics, but any scientific topic will do, as well as stories about how real science is done. Here's a few examples I've thought of:
"A Walk In The Sun" by Geoffrey A. Landis
"Bow Shock" by Gregory Benford
"Exhalation" by Ted Chiang