Teaching Science Through Science Fiction

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The Joys of Science Through SF at Portland State

I lucked out when Portland State physics professor Jay Nadeau needed someone to replace her as instructor for Science Through Science Fiction and, amazingly, I got the gig! Going into the second of week of class, it is super fun with a diverse group of students whose majors range from biochemistry to theater, all united by enthusiasm and insight into how science operates in our society as seen through the lens of science fiction. Right now, we are looking at Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora, which I’ve praised here before. Here’s where I get utopian: this class really gives me hope for what people can do when different talents and interests get together to do good.

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Arwen Spicer
Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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