Citizen Science Fiction draws on an interdisciplinary swath of literature and media to make the case that the science fiction genre can help rethink the pedagogical use of citizen science as a tool to interrogate our collective civic engagement with science and the incorporation of science into a rigorous, exciting writing-based curriculum. The book revolves around recent developments in specific scientific disciplines, including biology, ecology, computer science, astronomy, and cognitive science. Winter closely studies a range of science-fiction texts and tropes -- such as aliens, robots, clones, mind uploads, galactic empires -- for what they have to contribute to the ongoing scholarly discussion on psychological mindset and mindful argument, reading for probing inquiry and productive uncertainty in the age of the Anthropocene, reading for voice with a view to our digitally dominated future, and reading for threshold concepts in a scientifically driven society.
Jerome Winter is lecturer at the University of California, Riverside.
Chapter 1: MaddAddamite Science: Teaching Citizen Science Through the Threshold Concepts of Gene Culture
Chapter 2: Educating the Anthropocene: Citizen Science, Science Fiction, and Climate-Change Resilience
Chapter 3: Negotiating the Art and Rhetoric of Artificial Intelligence and Citizen Science through Science Fiction
Chapter 4: Mappa Mundi: Incorporating Neuro-Literacy and the Cognitive Science of Emotion into Teaching Composition
Chapter 5: Contemplating the Science-Fictional Cosmos: Citizen Science, Astronomy, and Mindfulness Rhetoric and Pedagogy