Science in Fiction: Isaac Asimov and Psychohistory

Today's recommendation is near and dear to my heart, since I've been reading Asimov for nearly twenty years. As you'll see, I'm far from uncritical, but I love his work despite its flaws, and I hope you will too. Isaac Asimov is sometimes called the Grand Master of Science Fiction, and there's no doubt that … Continue reading Science in Fiction: Isaac Asimov and Psychohistory

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Science in Fiction: Wil McCarthy and Programmable Matter

Welcome back to Science in Fiction! Today I'm going to introduce you to Wil McCarthy, an engineer and scifi writer. If his books are anything to go by, he's also a lot of fun. McCarthy has done a lot to advance and popularize the idea of programmable matter, which refers to any substance whose properties … Continue reading Science in Fiction: Wil McCarthy and Programmable Matter

Science in Fiction: Peter Watts and Incredibly Creepy Biology

As promised, this is the first of a series of posts on fiction that uses science excellently. I'm starting with someone who isn't actually one of my favorite authors, but uses science in a way that (for me) exemplifies what I think of as the "wonder" factor: Peter Watts. Watts is a marine biologist turned very … Continue reading Science in Fiction: Peter Watts and Incredibly Creepy Biology