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Science fiction has had an impactful influence on the world. Explore how many classic science fiction works found their beginnings in scientific thought.


One of the reasons the scientific community has made such incredible leaps and bounds is due to the impact that scientific fiction has had on motivating real-life scientific exploration and research. In this course, students will blend knowledge with creativity to construct rich, innovative science fiction stories. Throughout the course, students will explore how many classic science fiction works – from literature to film – found their beginnings in scientific thought. Then, using the craft elements of fiction writing, students will write their own science fiction stories and influence the scientific world! 

What You Will Learn


Students in Elementary School: The Science of Science Fiction will:

  • Learn the history of science fiction
  • Focus on and apply the basic tools needed to practice and construct literary fiction
  • ​Understand the necessary marriage between imagination and fact
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Note:  Upon successful enrollment of a section, students will receive a confirmation email from our Student Services team. This email will include a link to an authorization form that is required to be completed within 72-hours of enrollment.

Course Number: LIT-90023
Credit: 1.50 unit(s)

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