Classic SciFi for Physics Students

A list of Classic Science Fiction for Physics Students, prompted by Iain Carlton
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49 books · 3 voters · list created September 6th, 2016 by Nick Hood (votes) .
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message 1: by Fergus (new)

Fergus Murray This is a fun list, but... 43 books, and the only female author is Ayn Rand? For real?


message 2: by Nick (new)

Nick Hood Fergus wrote: "This is a fun list, but... 43 books, and the only female author is Ayn Rand? For real?"

It's consistent with other reader polls on sci fi. Is gender relevant at all?


message 3: by Fergus (new)

Fergus Murray Yup, gender is almost always relevant. It would be nice if it wasn't (hey, maybe Left Hand of Darkness should be on there!) but it is.

It's quite true that polls of this thing tend to be heavily dominated by male (whitestraightcisabled) authors, but the first few I pulled up to check on this all had at least 2 or 3 in their top 43 - Le Guin, Butler, Atwood, McCaffrey, L'Engle in various combinations. It's... interesting that this list doesn't have any of those.


message 4: by Nick (new)

Nick Hood Fergus wrote: "Yup, gender is almost always relevant. It would be nice if it wasn't (hey, maybe Left Hand of Darkness should be on there!) but it is.

It's quite true that polls of this thing tend to be heavily d..."


Personally, I don't see that the author's gender has anything to with what people see as a good story. The list was compiled from recommendations posted on a closed mailing list for Physics teachers in Scotland. You might infer relevance from the fact that most of those people are - what did you call it? - whitestraightcisabled, but I don't.

As an aside, who knew that Ayn Rand wasn't a guy?


message 5: by Fergus (new)

Fergus Murray But gender *does* have to do with what people see as a good story, from at least two directions. First, people tend to take women less seriously; it's a systematic, pervasive bias in our society. Second, people often find they can get more out of a story if they can identify better with the characters. That has a lot to do with both the gender of the characters, and who's writing them.


message 6: by Nick (new)

Nick Hood Fergus, I've posted the sentiment of your comments back to the forum that generated this list. We might get some thinking from it, and some additional books for the list that redresses the imbalance. Thanks for your challenge.


message 7: by Fergus (new)

Fergus Murray Thanks Nick! I originally happened across the list while looking for the forum, incidentally (I'm currently a chemistry teacher in Scotland, but my background is in physics and I might look for work in that area sooner or later...) - couldn't work out if such a thing is still going at all!


message 8: by Nick (new)

Nick Hood Fergus wrote: "Thanks Nick! I originally happened across the list while looking for the forum..."

Hi Fergus

If you send me your contact details, I can pass them on to the SPUTNIK administrator. He'll want to check your credentials, so a GTCS number or school email address will be helpful. You can use my contact form at http://cullaloe.com/contact/ for this.


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