EduApp: The Science Fiction Story Machine by @AlanPeat

The Science Fiction Story Machine helps both pupils and busy classroom teachers to plan Science Fiction stories

The Science Fiction Story Machine




Ease of Use









  • Helps build up story writing ideas
  • Apps includes 'how to use' section
  • Print out story map
  • Eight part story building sections


  • Only available for iPad
  • Portrait mode only

AlanPeatSciFiImageThere are plenty of story building apps available, but Alan Peat introduces the first which focuses on the Science Fiction genre, to creatively inspire pupils to write their own adventure.

Once within the app, you are guided to create eight sections for a story (opening, main characters, other characters, setting, dilemma, random language feature, objects, and ending) which act as a scaffold for writing a story. Re-spins are allowed, but limited to three during the whole process. By the end of completing the eight sections, you are given a story outline which pupils can then develop into their own stories. These can be printed off, so pupils have them accessible when writing their stories.

The app is NOT prescriptive – pupils can include as many of the ideas as they wish but they don’t have to include all of them. Whether they include a few or every one they certainly will be learning a great deal about the genre. It’s all about getting them involved which each part of the writing process, giving them motivation and confidence to write a masterpiece.

The Science Fiction Story Machine for iPad is currently priced at £1.49*, available on the Apple App Store (Click the icon below, or in the review box above).


*Price correct at time of publication

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