Science: Science Fiction
Learn about science fiction and the real science behind it. Find out how fiction follows a scientific thought and creates a future that sometimes becomes a reality. Learn what the fiction and facts are today. Discover the science of cryonics, the laws of thermodynamics, warp and FTL (Faster Than Light) drives, artificial gravity, holograms, and more. Learn about the bad and good science in novels and movies. Includes suggested sci-fi literature, lesson plans, and more. There are links to eThemes Resources on flying cars, science fiction, writing, and “War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells.
Fact Monster: Science Fiction
Here is the history of science fiction development and an explanation on how it differs from real science. NOTE: The site includes pop-up and banner ads.
ThinkQuest: Everything I Know about Science I Learned from Science Fiction
This site was created by middle school children to demonstrate how science works in fiction and in everyday life. Follow links on the left in the "Navigation" box to learn about laser and laser weapons, extraterrestrial life forms, light speed travel, and more. NOTE: The site has a link to a guestbook and a message board.
Space Science and Fiction
This lesson plan is designed to encourage students to research science and sci-fi novels, then write their own stories.
PBS: NOVA Online: Time Travel
Find out about time travel in sci-fi novels and its possibility in real life. Learn Einstein's theories and their implications. Click on the "Timespeak" link to keep up with scientific terminology.
Ion Drives: Science Fiction or Science Fact?
This article is about the favorite science fiction topic of ion drives that are close to becoming a reality.
Ray Bradbury Online
Ray Bradbury is one of America's greatest science fiction writers. Explore "Quotes," "Images," "Biography," and more.
ThinkQuest: Science Fiction: What If
This site is dedicated to science fiction. Click on the "Chronology" link to learn how science fiction changed and developed through the years along with science and technology. NOTE: The site leads to websites with ads. NOTE: The site leads to websites with discussion boards. (forums, message boards, etc.)
ThinkQuest: The Day after Tomorrow: Could It Really Happen?
Learn about our planet: its climate, volcanoes, and a connection between them. Select the "Movie vs. Real Life" to find out where science and fiction are in the movies. Includes a quiz.
Sample Lessons from Learning Science with Science Fiction Films
This site includes eight in-class activities based on watching Star Trek and other sci-fi movies. Includes bad and good science notes for teachers; video, vocabulary, and discussion questions for kids.
TheTech: What Can Lasers Do?
Find out how lasers work and how they are being used today.
Project Gutenberg: The Gods of Mars
Read this classic science fiction eBook by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Wands and Worlds
Students can search for fantasy and science fiction books. Use the search function or browse. Browse through subjects, authors, series, new books, and forthcoming books. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Like a Fish: Revolutionary Underwater Breathing System
Read about this new invention: an underwater breathing apparatus. Find out how the young son of the inventor and a Star Wars movie helped make this fiction a reality. Includes an audio interview.
eThemes Resource: Transportation: Flying Cars
Explore these sites to learn about flying cars. Find out whether we will see these in the near future or present, or if they are a thing of the past. Learn new terms such as personal vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (VTOL), volantor, converticar, modular vehicles, and more. Includes photographs, 3D images, drawings, and video clips.
eThemes Resource: Writing: Science Fiction for Upper Grades
These websites are about science fiction reading and writing. Find out the elements of science fiction and other information about the genre. There is a booklist of science fiction novels and there are several short stories that you can read on the internet.
eThemes Resource: Writing: Fiction
These sites have tips to help students write fiction or narrative stories that entertain. Students will learn about the writing process and the elements of fiction. Sites for publishing student work online are included. An eThemes Resource on graphic organizers is referenced.
eThemes Resource: Literature: "War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells
These websites are about the book "War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells. Included is the full text of the novel, worksheets, and lesson plans. There is also information about the infamous 1938 radio broadcast by Orson Welles. There are activities, lesson plans, and audio of the program.
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