Thursday, March 04, 2010

Better Science In Writing

I laud the goals of The Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop. Their goal is to "improve science literacy through words and media." An excerpt from their "About" page:

"Our primary goal is to teach writers of all types about modern science, specifically astronomy, and in turn reach their audiences. We hope to both educate the public and reach the next generation of scientists."

I enjoy science fiction stories of all kinds, but I find particular pleasure in science fiction where the story gets the science right, especially in "hard sf" tales.

The site mentions fiction writers like Jay Lake and Mary Robinette Kowal as being among those who have attended the workshop. I wish I could be selected and go, problem is, the next workshop is all the way in Wyoming, USA.

Even if we can't attend the workshop, here's a reminder: nothing stops us from reading up and researching on the proper science if the stories we're writing call for it.

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