Friday, May 20, 2011

Great On-Line Resources For Teaching Science Fiction-Inspiring Science

I bring your attention to some great on-line links for getting young people interested in science. These links deal specifically with the science of exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) and the possibility of life on other planets.

First: a good Fresh Air interview on Life on other planets.

Next: a Science Friday interview about the discoveries of exoplanets.

Both of these are discussions on the cutting-edge science of planets outside our solar system. Both are fascinating, and a great resource for young people interested in writing science fiction.


  1. Ian - I was on an iTunesU downloading frenzy and this podcast was an ideal hour's long walk (strange because I teach high school English, but it was great): - it's 'track' 15

    Michael Barrett discusses how movies take real science and tweak it to come up with these scenarios we know aren't real, but they're so convincing! Unfortunately for science teachers, students believe the movies over the material, but thankfully for those of us teaching creative writing, he lays out how to construct an almost-believable science fiction narrative.

  2. Thank you! That's a great link! I'm going to listen to it today.