The Topic:
Fantasy & Science Fiction

Easier - Science fiction and fantasy stories are make-believe tales. Fantasy stories are unlikely tales that have strange or imagined characters, places, or events. Science fiction stories are about life in the future or life on other planets.
Harder - Literature in the genres of fantasy and science fiction are closely related. Fantasies are stories that involve beings and events that do not exist in real life. These works may start on a realistic bent but they soon evolve into tales that could never really happen. Science fiction literature focuses on real or imagined developments in science or technology. All science-fiction and fantasy writers face a common challenge. They try to present worlds that are radically and intriguingly different from today's world. The basic themes of science fiction include time travel, space travel, marvelous inventions or discoveries, life in other worlds, and the invasion of Earth by beings from other planets.
The purpose of this web site is to gather, and share, as much information about fantasy and science fiction books, authors, cover artists and other relevant things as possible.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.
This is the website of an association for science fiction and fantasy writers, artists, editors, and allied professionals; the presenter of the Nebula Awards™ for the science fiction or fantasy best short story, novelette, novella, and novel of the year.
Related Websites:
2) Golden Duck Awards
3) Prix Aurora Awards from Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association
3) SF Canada
4) World Science Fiction Society (Hugo Awards)
Science Fiction Resource Guide by C.B. Baden
This page contains an extensive collection of links to science fiction resources on the Net. Subject areas include other archives and resource guides, authors, art and artists, bibliographies, movies, television, bookstores, book reviews, role-playing games, zines, etc. Some of the topics include Anne Rice, Bram Stoker, Jules Verne, H G Wells, Star Wars, Star Trek, nanotechnology, vampire fiction, and more.
Related Website:
2) Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide
Science Fiction Weekly
This is an electronic publication that covers the world of science fiction.
Other Related Electronic Publications:
2) Albedo One (Ireland)
3) Black Gate: Adventures in Fantasy Literature
4) Galaxy eZine
5) Locus Online
6) Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
7) On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of Speculative Writing
8) Science Fiction Weekly
9) Speculations
10) Quanta Magazine
After visiting several of the websites, complete one or more of the following projects or activities related to Science Fiction and/or Fantasy literature:
Complete a Fantasy or Science Fiction WebQuest. Follow or adapt the procedures that you find at one of the webQuest sites:
1) Fact Vs. Fiction: A Science Fiction WebQuest (Grade 8) by T. Engelhart
2) Fantasy: A Window into Literature (Grades 9-12) by K. Mattson
3) Fantasy and Science Fiction (Grades 7-8) by K. Rowan
4) Fantasy Reading Journal Webquest (Grade 8) by J. Baker
5) Fantasy Story (Grade 5)
6) Fantasy WebQuest Research by R. Horton
7) Past to Present to Future by S. Rowe & M. Wallace
8) Science of Science Fiction (Grades 8-12) by T. Altman
9) What if? Speculative Fiction by M. Chapple
Organize An Author Tribute Day. To get one perspective on such an event, visit Towel Day, a tribute created after the death of Douglas Adams. Create your own tribute for your favorite author of fantasy or science fiction literature.
Write A Fantasy or Science Fiction Story. Imagine life in the future or in a totally different world. Create unique characters and setting for your own unique fantasy or scifi story. Share it with your friends and family.
Create a Robot World. Older students should read a book containing robots by Isaac Asimov. Younger students could read the book by David Kirk called Nova's Ark. Learn more about today's robots, then write a story about a robot of the future.
Illustrate A Fantasy or Science Fiction Story. Pick a favorite story by an author. Then create an illustration for that story. You may want to illustrate your own science fiction or fantasy story.
Compare/Contrast Two Fantasy or Science Fiction Stories. Pick two different stories by separate authors. Compare and contrast the two tales. In your analysis of the two stories consider all the elements including the characters, setting, time, events, technology, etc.
Predict the Future. Explore the website called Everything I Know About Science I Learned From Science Fiction. Read a science fiction story or novel and learn more about the technology behind the story. Or, read a science fiction story written long ago and write about how the technology has changed since the story was written. Use Inspiration software to create a concept map of your ideas.
Websites By Kids For Kids
Art & Science Fiction (2000 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge Project)
This site presents science fiction art in a biographical way. Verne, the Father of Science Fiction, wrote great novels that encompassed his dreams of the future.
Everything I Know About Science I Learned From Science Fiction
(2000 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
This site analyzes the truth to some of the technology or ideas we find in science fiction. Can we travel in light speed? Are laser blasters really possible?
Fiction Fantasy (1999 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge Project)
This entry seeks to educate visitors on the topic of fantasy fiction, and contains a comparative study of Dragonlance, Dragon Prince, and Heralds of Valdemar.
Fantastic Fantasy (2000 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge Project)
Reading is a good way to forget the reality of life for a moment, particularly the fantasy genre. This site shows that fantasy is more than just a fairy tale.
Hogwarts-Online (Platinum Award, 2000 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge Project)
This website links the mysterious content of the best-selling Harry Potter novels by J. K. Rowling to interesting knowledge, in order to make learning a pleasure.
Related ThinkQuest Project:
2) Harry Potter Revealed (2000 Internet Challenge Project)
Science Fiction: Who, What, When, Where, and How?
(2000 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge Project)
This site is dedicated to a few classic Science Fiction writers of the 20th century. It examines the details of their lives, there stories, and other details.
World of Fantasy (2000 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge Project)
This site is dedicated completely to fantasy. From fantasy news to the history of fantasy, it's all here. Research famous authors and works, go behind the scenes in 'Creating a World', review a book or two, have your say in the Fantasy Forums, take a look at the art library, or have fun playing games!
More Fantasy and Science Fiction Websites
Course Materials for the Study of Science Fiction by P. Brians
Here is a collection of study guides for a college level course on science fiction; includes H. G. Wells's War of the Worlds and Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles.
Fantasy and Science Fiction Website from University of Michigan
The goal of this site is to provide an extensive and useful collection of all types of information and tools that will help to study fantasy and science fiction.
Literature of the Fantastic
Here you find a fair-sized collection of classic works of fantasy and science fiction literature.
Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections, Combined Edition
by W.G. Contento
This Index is intended to be a standard reference for locating stories that have appeared in English language science fiction anthologies and collections of stories by one author.
Related Index for Sci-Fi Literature:
2) Locus Index to Science Fiction (1984-1998) by C.N. Brown & W.G. Contento
Made In Canada
This site features Canadians in science fiction. Inside you will find information on Canadian authors, actors, directors, magazines, websites and much more.
Out of This World: Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy at National Library of Canada
The purpose of this exhibition is both to celebrate and define the rich heritage of Canadian science fiction and speculative fiction within a historical and international context.
Science Fiction Writing by J.L. Flynn
This is a college course site for an introduction to the skills and techniques of writing speculative fiction.
SF Site
Here you will find a mixture of book reviews, opinion pieces, author interviews, fiction excerpts - - from a site that claims to provide the best in Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Another Related Websites:
2) SFF Net (Science Fiction and Fantasy)
Websites for Fantasy Literature and Writers
Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
Learn about life and work of Douglas Adams from his website.
Related Websites for Douglas Adams:
2) FAQ
3) Author Douglas Adams Dies from BBC News
4) Douglas Adams at AppleMasters
5) Douglas Adams Interview from The Onion A.V. Club
6) Douglas Adams Quote Directory by N. Humphries
Brian Jacques: Redwall Club
This web site is the home of a club Jacques' Redwall fans from around the world have formed to talk about the series and its author. Notable pages include the Redwall Encyclopedia, Gallery and Art Page; Redwall name origins, fan fiction and more.
Related Website for Brian Jacques:
2) Brian Jacques from Young Writer
3) Brian Jacques's Interview Transcript from Scholastic
4) Redwall Abbey
5) Redwall from Carol Hurst's Children's Literature
6) Redwall: The Legend Continues . . .
This is the official website for Melanie Rawn.
Other Websites for Melanie Rawn:
2) Melanie Rawn Gallery (Works of Michael Whelan)
3) Melanie Rawn from Fantafiction
4) Melanie Rawn Webring
Garth Nix Homesite
Here you can learn the latest on author Garth Nix and read his online essay titled 'How I Write.'
Other Websites on Garth Nix:
2) Author Profile: Garth Nix at Teenreads
3) Conversation With Garth Nix by C.E. White from Writers Write
4) Garth Nix Interview from Locus
5) Q & A With Garth Nix from The Seventh Tower
Harry Potter from Scholastic
Here you can learn more about the books and author J.K. Rowling.
Related Websites for J.K. Rowling:
2) Harry Potter
3) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
4) J.K. Rowling (Interview from Kidsread)
5) J. K. Rowling's Interview Transcript from Scholastic
6) Rowling, J.K. from Educational Paperback Association
HoBBiT Site
This site contains general information about Tolkien and his works and about one of his mythological creatures - the hobbit.
Other Sites for J.R.R. Tolkien:
2) Grey Havens: J.R.R. Tolkien Resource
3) J.R.R. Tolkien Information Page
4) J.R.R. Tolkien from Isildur's Lair
5) Tolkien FAQ
6) Tolkien Society
Into the Wardrobe
For those who are already fascinated by Jack (C. S. Lewis' nickname) and his 'Narnian Chronicles', or other works, and want to know more about him and his world, they can almost be there yourself by wandering through this site's various links.
Other C.S. Lewis Websites:
2) C. S. Lewis: 20th-Century Christian Knight
3) C.S. Lewis and the Inklings
4) C.S. Lewis and Public Life
5) C.S. Lewis Online
Terry Pratchett: Discworld at L-Space Web
This is the website of Terry Pratchett, author of numerous humorous fantasy books. Learn more about his books and writings.
Other Websites for Terry Pratchett:
2) About Terry Pratchett
3) About the Author: Terry Pratchett
4) Conversation with Terry Pratchett from Writers Write
5) Discworld Monthly
6) Ultimate Pratchett Fan-Site
Robert Jordan (aka James Oliver Rigney, Jr)
Here is a brief biography of the author, Robert Jordan.
Other Websites on Robert Jordan:
2) Robert Jordan Fandom
3) Robert Jordan: The Name Behind the Wheel from Locus Online
4) Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
5) Robert Jordan's 'The Wheel of Time': Fantasy, Epic-Style from CNN
6) Robert Jordan: Where Good and Evil are Absolutes
This is the official web page for David Farland's brilliant new fantasy series.
Other David Farland Websites:
2) David Farland from FantaFiction
3) Interview with David Farland (Feb 2000) from Science Fiction and Fantasy World
4) Interview with David Farland (Aug 2001) from Science Fiction and Fantasy World
Unofficial David Eddings Bookpage
This site is mainly built to give information about the author and his books, not lots of trivia.
Other Websites for David Eddings:
2) David and Leigh Eddings
3) David Eddings and Role-Playing MUD's
4) David Eddings from Science Fiction and Fantasy World
5) Jack's David and Leigh Eddings
Wondrous Worlds of Terry Brooks
Learn about the author and his work at his own website.
Other Websites for Terry Brooks:
2) About Terry Brooks from Random House
3) Author Profile: Terry Brooks
4) StarWars: Novelist Terry Brooks
5) Terry Brooks Experience
6) Terry Brooks
7) Terry Brooks FAQ
World of Lloyd Alexander
At this fanpage, you can learn more about Lloyd Alexander and his work.
More Lloyd Alexander Websites:
2) Lloyd Alexander
3) Lloyd Alexander at Kidsreads
4) Lloyd Alexander's Biography from Scholastic
5) Lloyd Alexander Interview Transcript from Scholastic
World of Pern
This website from Anne McCaffrey's publisher covers the writer and her works.
Other Anne McCaffrey Websites:
2) Anne McCaffrey Biography
3) Anne McCaffrey Gallery (Works of Michael Whelan)
4) Interview with Anne McCaffrey (May 2000)
5) Interview with Anne McCaffrey from Writers Review
6) Stefan's Altar to Anne McCaffrey
7) Worlds of Anne McCaffrey
Websites for Science Fiction Literature and Writers
Alan Dean Foster
Hello- my name is Alan Dean Foster. I've been trying to see as much of this planet as possible, and using my imagination to examine worlds beyond it. Worlds both possible (science-fiction) and impossible (fantasy).
Other Websites for Alan Dean Foster:
2) Alan Dean Foster Biography
3) Alan Dean Foster Page
4) Alan Dean Foster
5) Interview with Alan Dean Foster from Science Fiction and Fantasy World
Arthur C. Clarke Unauthorized Homepage
Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most celebrated science fiction authors of our time. He is the author of more than sixty books with more than 50 million copies in print, winner of all the field's highest honors. He was named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1986.
Other Arthur C. Clarke Websites:
2) Arthur C. Clarke from Salon People
3) Arthur C. Clarke
4) World Keeps Up With Arthur Clarke by S.J. Blackman
Eugene Wesley 'Gene' Roddenberry
This site contains a biography of the 'Star Trek Explorer' by an unknown author.
Other Gene Roddenberry Websites:
2) Brief Biography of Gene Roddenberry (Excerpt from book by D. Alexander)
3) Gene Roddenberry
4) Gene Roddenberry 1921-1991
5) Links About Gene Roddenberry from
Herbert George Wells (1866-1946)
This website is a biography of a man whose novels are among the classics of science-fiction.
Other H.G. Wells Websites:
2) H.G. Wells: The Poe of Science Fiction
3) H.G. Wells from the Literature Network
4) Rabindranath Tagore: In Conversation with H.G. Wells
Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecce Moesta from WordFire Productions
The website contains biographies, links to interviews, FAQ's, and more on this writing couple.
Other Kevin Anderson Websites:
2) Interview with Kevin J. Anderson
3) Interview with Kevin J Anderson by N. Gevers at Infinity Plus
4) Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert, Authors of 'Dune: House Atreides' (Interview
from Time)
5) Kevin J. Anderson: Pumped on Dune
6) Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecce Moesta from Galaxy Magazine
Cordwainer Smith (Pseudonym for Dr. Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger),Cordwainer.php3
Here you learn about the life and works of Cordwainer Smith.
Other Websites for Cordwainer Smith:
2) Cordwainer Smith
3) Cordwainer Smith from Peter's Brain
4) Cordwainer Smith and His Remarkable Science Fiction
5) Cordwainer Smith Unofficial Biography Page
Dune Novels
This official website contains information about the authors and content of both the 'classic' Dune (Frank Herbert) and 'new' Dune (Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson) books.
Other Related Websites:
2) Brian Herbert
3) Fedaykin
4) Frank Herbert
5) Interview with Brian Herbert
6) Sons of Dune from January Magazine
Greg Egan's Home Page
This site from the science fiction author and computer programmer contains links to works online (including sixteen complete stories) and the Foundations series of science articles.
Another Website for Greg Egan:
2) Greg Egan Fan Page
3) Interview with Greg Egan in Ibn Qirtaiba, Issue 18, September 1996 with Greg Egan
Isaac Asimov Home Page
Here you'll find a comprehensive collection of resources pertaining to Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), the quintessential author, who in his lifetime wrote over 500 books that enlightened, entertained, and spanned the realm of human knowledge.
Other Asimov Websites:
2) Asimav
3) Isaac Asimov Quotes
4) Science Writer, `Robotics' Creator Isaac Asimov Dies'
Hatrack River
This is the official website of Orson Scott Card, science fiction and fantasy author.
Not To-Be-Missed Sections:
2) Uncle Orson's Writing Class
3) Research Area
Other Websites for Orson Scott Card:
4) Conversation With Orson Scott Card by C.E. White at Writers Write
5) Highly Unofficial Orson Scott Card Fans' Web Ring
6) Interview with Orson Scott Card from Otherview
7) Orson Scott Card, November 1, 1998 from SciFi
8) Orson Scott Card: On Religion in Science Fiction and Fantasy by M. Allen from
Jules Verne Collection by Z. Har'El's
This website provides a comprehensive collection of information on the life and works of Jules Verne.
Other Websites for Jules Verne:
2) Jules Verne from Prominent Men and Women of the Day
3) Jules Verne, Misunderstood Visionary from Scientific American
4) Life and Works of Jules Verne
Mike Resnick - Biographical Information
Learn about this popular science fiction author. Since 1989, Mike has won three Hugo Awards, a Nebula Award, and has been nominated for thirteen Hugos, six Nebulas, a Clarke (British), and five Seiun-shos (Japanese).
Other Websites for Mike Resnick:
2) Mike Resnick - Biographical Information
3) Mike Resnick Collection from University of South Florida Tampa Campus Library
4) Mike Resnick Web Resource
Official Stephen King Website
Learn about the man, the rumors, the past, present, the future, and more.
Other Websites on Stephen King:
2) Stephen King from Horrorking
3) Stephen King Bio
4) Stephen King WebSite by J. Pace
5) Stephen King: The UnOfficial Website
6) Umney's Last Case by S. King
SFWriter (Robert J. Sawyer)
This is the official website of Robert J. Sawyer, Nebula Award Winning Science Writer.
Other Websites on Robert J. Sawyer:
2) Conversation With Robert Sawyer by K. Fawcett
3) Interview with Robert J. Sawyer
4) Robert J. Sawyer from Canadian Authors on 2000
Study guide for Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (1950) by by P. Brians
Bradbury had a certain vision of the Mars in which these stories are set, counteracting the image of a menacing Mars with humans from Earth playing the role of 'invaders from outer space.'
Other Websites on Ray Bradbury:
2) Author Profile: Ray Bradbury at Teenreads
3) Biography of Ray Bradbury at GradeSaver
4) Greentown, IL
5) Ray Bradbury
Websites For Teachers
Andy's 'Using Science Fiction For Education' Page
These pages are intended to provide teachers in high school/college with some ideas for using science fiction, particularly in the areas of physics and biology, but also in literature/English.
Glimpses of Other Worlds (Grade 5 Unit Plan)
After students have thoroughly investigated the fantasy genre by listening to literature,reading literature independently and identifying and discussing the characteristics of fantasy, they will be encouraged to create fantastical worlds and stories of their own.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone CyberGuide
This site houses a collection of lessons and activities.
Worlds of Fantasy Online at Scholastic Inc.
Investigate the world of fantasy literature through study of C.S. Lewis and his writings.
Science Fiction and Fantasy by D. Shipman
Select and adapt these learning activities to best meet the needs of your students, and to fit the time available. Includes handouts and activity materials.
Science or Science Fiction (Grade 4)
In this lesson, students compare and contrast science and science fiction.
science fiction
speculative fiction
Hugo Award
alternate history
retroactive continuity
Nebula Award
future slang
secret history
shared universe
other worlds
Sci-Fi Channel
time travel
make believe
outer space
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 10/01.