No Limits: Developing Scientific Literacy Using Science Fiction

No Limits

Based on successful in-class workshops, No Limits contains information, activities, and worksheets to help teachers use the speculation and creativity of science fiction literature to encourage students to critically assess scientific information.

First Published in 1999 by Trifolium Books Inc.
ISBN 1-895579945, 122 pages, (8 ½ x 11)
Available from Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

Contains annotated versions of the stories from Packing Fraction

Intended for grades 9 and up, science & society classes, and introduction to science issues courses.

Click on cover to open sample chapter from No Limits (PDF file).


Packing Fraction

Anthology of original science fiction stories by such authors as Charles Sheffield, Robert J. Sawyer, and Josepha Sherman, with poetry by Carolyn Clink. With
author interviews and recommended SF books.

First Published in 1999 by Trifolium Books Inc.
ISBN 1-895579899, 128 pages
Available from Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
Student companion to No Limits.
Illustrated by Larry Stewart

Contains Aurora Award-winning short story by Robert J. Sawyer.
Larry Stewart won the Aurora Award for Best Artist based in part on his work for this book.

To be literate is to use words to communicate and assess ideas. To be scientifically literate? The same, only about ideas in science and technology. Why does it matter? Think what you’ve read or heard lately on what to eat, how to care for yourself or your children, what you should do to save the planet. How can you sort it out? How do you decide? Being a scientist isn't the answer. No one can be expert in everything.

What you need is science fiction.

Science fiction readers read critically, speculate with reason, and imagine consequence. They take nothing for granted, and research what they don’t know or need to understand before being convinced. These are the fundamental skills of scientific literacy, to be developed by anyone and needed by all.

Which is why I wrote No Limits.

- Julie