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SciFi / Fantasy LibGuide - older version: Teaching SF & F

Basic Resources

Websites:

 

AboutSF.com

AboutSF is a resource center that provides services related to speculative literature, science fiction, and education.  Among its projects are a speakers' bureau, curriculum resources for using and studying science fiction at the primary, secondary, and university levels.  It is jointly sponsored by the University of Kansas, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the Science Fiction Research Association.  They also publish a blog.

Education at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame  [Seattle, Washington]

In addition to educational events at the SF Museum, the SFM offers literature guides and lesson plans for teachers and other classroom information.

Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction  [The Center for the Study of Science Fiction, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas]

"The purpose of the Institute is to provide students with an understanding of contemporary and future science fiction through a study of how SF got to be the way it is."  Includes information on their Science Fiction Youth Program.

Reading for the Future: Encouraging literacy through speculative fiction

"Reading for the Future is a volunteer organization whose aim is to help young people develop a love of reading and intellectual adventure through the vehicle of science fiction, fantasy and other speculative fiction.  Among our goals:  Fostering an open discussion among teachers, librarians, authors, publishers, and readers, in order to seek ways that Science Fiction may help stimulate curiosity, imagination and critical thinking.  Providing resources that teachers, librarians, and others may use to promote avid reading and use stories to convey difficult concepts.  Encouraging authors and fans to think about the next generation, offering local contests, workshops and other services to teachers and students at the local level.  Encouraging local groups to provide schools and libraries with books and curriculum materials that use and promote science fiction and fantasy."  Includes An Open Proposal: Using science fiction to help turn kids on to the future and science fiction; and lots of links to SF for children, and to using SF in the curriculum.

 

Books:

 

Diskin, Laura Faga.  Teaching and Reading Science Fiction in College.

Stocker, Jack H.  Chemistry and Science Fiction.

Westfahl, Gary, and George Slusser, eds.  Science Fiction, Canonization, Marginalization, and the Academy.

Williamson, Jack, ed.  Teaching Science Fiction: Education for Tomorrow