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Welcome to the Science in Popular Fiction Wiki

This wiki is a resource for students, researchers and interested citizens, about all matters pertaining to science in popular fiction as it is relevant to science communication.

It has two components:
  • 'Encyclopaedia entry' style pages that summarise research on topics in this area. You can search these pages using the 'Search' box in the menu at left.
  • 'Bibliographic database' pages that aim to give the bibliographic details and abstract for every published research paper in this field of science communication, and a link to its online archive where possible. Each page is devoted to a single research paper. You can search this database using the 'Search' box, or you can refine your search more systematically using the drop-down 'Bibliographic Database' menu at left. We are always adding to the database, so if you believe we've missed a relevant paper, contact us!

The body of research in this field is small but growing, and can be difficult to track down in a systematic way. The purpose of this wiki is to make that body of research more easily available to researchers, whether students, professionals or amateurs.


In the first version of the wiki, started in 2015, the 'encyclopaedia entry' pages were written and edited by students in SCOM2003/SCOM6003 Science in Popular Fiction, a science communication course run by the Australian National University (ANU), as part of their assessment. The 'bibliographic database' pages were maintained by the course convenor Dr Lindy Orthia and research assistant Mr Rudi Spennemann at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS). Rudi also designed the wiki logo. Lindy would like to thank the ANU Teaching Enhancement Grant scheme and CPAS for financial support that enabled this project to get off the ground.

From October 2016, authorship was opened up to the international community of scholars to enhance the quality, scope and reach of the wiki. Now any recognised scholars working in this field can sign up as a writer and editor if you are based at an educational institution. If you are a teacher working in this field you can also then sign up your students as contributors if you want to use the wiki as an assessment tool. If you would like to become a contributor, see this page for the conditions of membership, then email Lindy with an outline of your situation.

Wiki authorship is restricted to prevent vandalism and misuse of the site, as well as to keep the site compliant with Wikispaces Education Plan rules, so if you do not meet the above criteria, a request to sign up may be denied.

Copyright information

The aim of the wiki's bibliographic database is to enable interested people to find existing research papers at the online archives officially endorsed by their publishers. We do not reproduce any research papers here. We aim to augment public knowledge by making information about these papers available, and linking to the original works, and we therefore consider the information reproduced in the bibliographic database to constitute fair use under international copyright laws. We hope that the database will lead to an increase in reads, downloads and citations of the research papers we link to, to enhance the vitality of this area of research.

The aim of the encyclopaedia entry pages is to synthesise and summarise existing research in an original manner consistent with critique and review. Except where quotations of existing works are included, the encyclopaedia entries are copyright the authors of those pages, and accordingly we would appreciate a citation if you use their words.

If you identify anything in this wiki that you believe to be a breach of copyright and not fair use, please contact Lindy immediately.


If you would like your research to be considered for inclusion in the bibliographic database, or if you have any other queries about the wiki, please contact Lindy.