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The Expanse

A series of science fiction novels, novellas and stories by James S. A. Corey – the pen name of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. The first novel, Leviathan Wakes, was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2012. In 2017 the series as a whole was nominated for the ‘Best Series’ Hugo Award.

“The Expanse” TV and book series

General websites

Using Science Fiction to teach Science
http://www.scoop.it/t/using-science-fiction-to-teach-science

Earth Science

The Core: Good Science and Bad Science in the Movie
http://geolor.com/The_Core_Movie-Facts_and_Fiction.htm
http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/movies/thecore_review.html
http://sciencefiction.com/2012/02/13/did-the-movie-the-core-get-anything-right/

2012: Analyze the Earth Science
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Deep Impact
http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/movies/di2.html

Biology & Ecology

http://www.magicdragon.com/UltimateSF/eco.html

The Hunger Games

http://teach.com/education-technology/biology-ecology-jabberjays-teaching-science-with-science-fiction-2

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/hunger-games-science-investigating-genetically-engineered-organisms/?_r=1

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/15/science/the-hunger-games-mockingjay-fiction-for-now.html?_r=1&ref=science

World War Z”, zombies – and viruses

Dr. Steven C. Schlozman, professor at Harvard Medical School, gives a discussion of the brain’s frontal lobe, amygdala, Anterior Cingulate Cortex, cerebellum, basal ganglia, mirror neurons, and ventromedial hypothalamus.
http://io9.com/5286145/a-harvard-psychiatrist-explains-zombie-neurobiology

Wonder why Zombies, Zombie Apocalypse, and Zombie Preparedness continue to live or walk dead on a CDC web site?

http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies.htm

Teaching physics with science fiction

Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics

Grading the physics in some major motion pictures
http://www.intuitor.com/moviephysics/

Physics on Film pages in The Physics Factbook™
http://hypertextbook.com/facts/index-special.shtml

The Physics Factbook™ for 2007

The Physics Factbook™ for 2006

The Physics Factbook™ for 2005

Rotational motion

Short Story – “Spirals” by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

First appeared in Jim Baen’s Destinies, April-June 1979.

Cornelius L Riggs, Metallurgist, answers an ad claiming “high pay, long hours, high risk. Guaranteed wealthy in ten years if you live through it.” The position turns out to be an engineering post aboard humanity’s orbiting habitat. The founders of “the Shack” dream of a liveable biosphere beyond Earth’s gravity, a permanent settlement in space. However, Earth’s the economic conditions are getting worse, and the supply ships become more and more infrequent…

Spirals by Larry Niven

SPIRALS – The short story.doc

Astronomy and astrophysics

List of short stories and novels that use more or less accurate science, and can be used for teaching astronomy or physics concepts.

Astronomy and Astrophysics stories

Speculative physics

Miniaturization

Scientific investigations into the fiction of Howard Phillips Lovecraft
https://lovecraftianscience.wordpress.com/

bookshelf

German Poo-Caamano (CC BY-NC-ND)
http://kuow.org/post/old-favorites-library-shelf
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