Science Fiction by Scientists: An Anthology of Short Stories

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Michael Brotherton
Springer, Nov 15, 2016 - Science - 214 pages

This anthology contains fourteen intriguing stories by active research scientists and other writers trained in science.

Science is at the heart of real science fiction, which is more than just westerns with ray guns or fantasy with spaceships. The people who do science and love science best are scientists. Scientists like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Fred Hoyle wrote some of the legendary tales of golden age science fiction. Today there is a new generation of scientists writing science fiction informed with the expertise of their fields, from astrophysics to computer science, biochemistry to rocket science, quantum physics to genetics, speculating about what is possible in our universe. Here lies the sense of wonder only science can deliver. All the stories in this volume are supplemented by afterwords commenting on the science underlying each story.


 

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Contents

Down and Out
1
The Tree of Life
16
Supernova Rhythm
29
Turing de Force
36
Neural Alchemist
51
Hidden Variables
67
Upside the Head
81
Betelgeuse
94
Sticks and Stones
105
One for the Conspiracy Theorists
129
The Schrödinger Brat Paradox
138
Fixer Upper
161
Spreading the Seed
181
The Gatherer of Sorrows
193
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About the author (2016)

Mike Brotherton is a professor of astronomy from the University of Wyoming who specializes in observational studies of quasars, enigmatic objects powered by supermassive black holes. He is also the author of the well-reviewed hard science fiction novels Star Dragon and Spider Star from Tor books, and founder of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers. He is a member of the advisory board of Springer's Science Fiction book series.

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