It is evident that contemporary authors who belong to a new generation of popular science writers are turning to narrative and fiction bridging the old two cultures (Snow, 1956) and offering the public an  attractive  and  safe  passage  to  scientific  knowledge.  Narratives  provide  an  accurate  way  of representing  and communicating  knowledge,  an  effective  emotional  trigger,  a  lasting  memory structure and a powerful aid for learning. Presenting scientific information through stories, novels, comics and plays should be regarded as an important means to transmit information in the repertoire of science communicators. There are different examples of using science as a narrative topic but are all of them useful to communicate science? The answer is: not necessarily. The narratives with the aim of communicating science should observe a series of rules just as other narrative genre do,  like horror stories, detective stories, fairytales, science fiction, historic novels, etc. In this sense “science communication narratives” or “scicom narratives” could be considered as a new narrative genre with its  own  characteristics  and  rules.  In  this  work  I  discuss  some  of  the  important  issues  that  could contribute to generate a sort of Decalogue for narratives concerned with communicating science.

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A decalogue for science communication narratives (SCICOM Narratives)

Aquiles Negrete   Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

It is evident that contemporary authors who belong to a new generation of popular science writers are turning to narrative and fiction bridging the old two cultures (Snow, 1956) and offering the public an  attractive  and  safe  passage  to  scientific  knowledge.  Narratives  provide  an  accurate  way  of representing  and communicating  knowledge,  an  effective  emotional  trigger,  a  lasting  memory structure and a powerful aid for learning. Presenting scientific information through stories, novels, comics and plays should be regarded as an important means to transmit information in the repertoire of science communicators. There are different examples of using science as a narrative topic but are all of them useful to communicate science? The answer is: not necessarily. The narratives with the aim of communicating science should observe a series of rules just as other narrative genre do,  like horror stories, detective stories, fairytales, science fiction, historic novels, etc. In this sense “science communication narratives” or “scicom narratives” could be considered as a new narrative genre with its  own  characteristics  and  rules.  In  this  work  I  discuss  some  of  the  important  issues  that  could contribute to generate a sort of Decalogue for narratives concerned with communicating science.

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