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Chemistry and Science Fiction : American Chemical Society Publication - Jack H. Stocker

Chemistry and Science Fiction

American Chemical Society Publication

Paperback Published: 14th January 1999
ISBN: 9780841232488
Number Of Pages: 292

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This lively collection looks at science as filtered through literature, film, and television. It discusses classic works in science fiction and provides an in-depth look at the chemistry depicted in popular culture, particularly in Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. It includes an examination by Nebula Award winner Connie Willis of how science fiction authors use science, and reprints two tongue-in-cheek short stories by Isaac Asimov. The book also includes suggestions for using science fiction as an educational resource.


"Science fiction is not just a literary genre but a subculture, with its own history, language, and behavior. In "[E]ditor Jack H. Stocker immerses the reader in this world of aliens and the supernatural, not to mention Sherlock Holmes and Han Solo. The book presents a thorough study of science fiction, useful for readers with varying knowledge of the SF world. Stocker's opening essay, 'A Science Fiction Primer for the Uninitiated', explores the subdivisions in the SF genre, such as hard science fiction (Asimov, Wells), space opera (The Star Wars Series), and horror (Dracula, Frankenstein). The essays that follow are contributed by academics for the most part, all of whom are active in the SF world as fans, scientists, and writers. . . . Some people may regard SF as merely a form of entertainment, but Stocker and his colleagues take it seriously, emphasizing its virtues and value in our society. They provide a fascinating slice of this 'alien' world."--Today's Chemist at Work


"Examines chemistry in the world of science fiction, discussing its role in popular stories authored by writers including Arthur Conan Doyle, H. G. Wells, and Ray Bradbury, and in television series and films. Looks at how authors use science as a basis for science fiction stories, and gives suggestions on using science fiction as a classroom resource. Includes two short stories by Isaac Asimov, and color illustrations of science fiction magazine covers."--Reference & Research Book News


"This collection has been compiled from papers for the standing-room-only symposium on "Chemistry and Science Fiction" held by the American Chemical Society, April 7, 1992. This is the first of its kind and will be of great value and interest to scientists, chemical educators, and afficionados of SF. The primary purpose of the book is not to analyze or critique SF but to 'share an enthusiasm, to make a few recommendations, and to persuade a few readers to stretch their minds and think in some unorthodox categories.' Inventors, technologists and scientists admit to having been inspired in their work by SF. Perhaps this book dealing with the ways in which SF has used and misused chemistry and other sciences, which we warmly recommend, can do the same for you." - The Chemical Intelligencer, Vol 5, No. 4, Oct 1999


Preface
Some (Extra-Terrestrial) Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction
An Overview
A Science Fiction Primer for the Uninitiated
Science in Science Fiction: A Writer's Perspective
History and Tradition
The Search for a Definition of Mankind
Planetary Chemistry in 100 Years of Science Fiction
Beryllium, Thiotimoline, and Pate de Fois Gras: Chemistry in the Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov
The Improbable Properties of Imipolex G: Chemistry and Materials Science in Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow
Sherlock Holmes: The Eccentric Chemist
The Right Environment: Using Real Chemistry as a Basis for Science Fiction
On the Covers of Science Fiction Magazines
The New Media: Television and the Movies
Where No One Has Gone Before: Chemistry in Star Trek
Chemistry in TV Science Fiction
Chemists at Play
The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thiotimoline
Pate de Foie Gras
Temporal Chirality: The Burgenstock Communication
Encouraging Creativity in the Classroom
Science Fiction: A Classroom Resource
Using Science Fiction to Help Teach Science: A Survey of Chemists and Physicists
Space, Time, and Education
Appendix
Recommendations for Further Reading
Index
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ISBN: 9780841232488
ISBN-10: 0841232482
Series: American Chemical Society Publication
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 14th January 1999
Publisher: AMER CHEMICAL SOC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.94  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.41