Free resource “Science Fiction Stories with Good Astronomy & Physics: A Topical Index”


Ever read a science fiction story and wondered how feasible it is?

Emeritus Professor Andrew Fraknoi has produced a very clever and interesting “selective list of some short stories and novels that use reasonably accurate science and can be used for teaching or reinforcing astronomy or physics concepts.” 

The bibliographic list is broken down into 44 topics, such as: Anti-matter, Asteroids, Black Holes, Life Elsewhere, Mars, Thermodynamics, Time… And there’s also a list of useful websites.

When I emailed him to ask if I could create this post, he welcomed me to ‘share it with anyone in my orbit’, which made me smile.

You can download the pdf here.

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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