Fiction as an introduction to computer science research

Judy Goldsmith, Nicholas Mattei

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The undergraduate computer science curriculum is generally focused on skills and tools; most students are not exposed to much research in the field, and do not learn how to navigate the research literature. We describe how fiction reviews (and specifically science fiction) are used as a gateway to research reviews. Students learn a little about current or recent research on a topic that stirs their imagination, and learn how to search for, read critically, and compare technical papers on a topic related to their chosen science fiction book, movie, or TV show.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4
JournalACM Transactions on Computing Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Research
  • Science fiction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (all)
  • Education


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