This is a selective list of some short stories and novels that use more or less accurate science and can be used for teaching or reinforcing astronomy or physics concepts. Included are both traditional “science-fiction” and (occasionally) more serious fiction that derives meaning or plot from astronomy or physics ideas.
People have made sci-fi spaceship comparison charts before, but not like this guy. This is fucking nuts.
Ray Bradbury, the author of such sci-fi classics as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, died today at the age of 91. Truly a sad day for science fiction and the world, but we’ll always have his stories.
Science fiction has never really been about predicting the future as much as it’s about explaining the present. Since sci-fi first appeared in the late 1800s, it has undergone a number of distinct eras based on social attitudes of the time. It’s now 12 years into the 21st century— what will sci-fi look like in the future and how has it already changed in the new millenium?
Just spit out the awful sci-fi lines as they come out of your head. Let’s see what sort of absolute stupidity we can create.
I’ll start. Here’s a good opening line:
"I shot my load into the robot, put a 100 in its mouth, patted it on the head and walked out the door. It wasn’t going to be my night."