“There are a total of fourteen, and each has a very useful afterword by the author explaining the background to his or her thinking. This is certainly a book that can be recommended.” (Odyssey, Issue 46, March, 2017)
From the Author
When I originally got involved with Springer's exciting and innovative "Science and Fiction" line, I expected to see some books featuring scientists writing science fiction, and there have been a number of novels and story collections produced. What I didn't see was a broad spectrum showcasing science fiction short stories by working scientists and writers significantly trained in, or retired from, science. I decided to take on that project myself in an effort to highlight the current generation of scientist science fiction writers. Many astronomers, physicists, and biologists answered the call. I also wanted to include people in fields like computer science and "rocket science," as well as SETI, and successfully acquired a number of intriguing stories. I was less successful with some fields, like geology and chemistry, but perhaps for a future volume.
We also decided to do something a little different for this anthology, and include essays by each contributor discussing the science of the story. I found that these often enhanced the stories, deepening my appreciation, and believe they will make them more accessible to those for whom the parent discipline is less familiar.
The stories cover quantum physics, cutting-edge biology, extreme astrophysics, artificial intelligence, astronautics and the International Space Station, alien environments, and even a scientific take on zombies. We also have a story about detecting an alien signal with SETI by the engineer running the Allen Telescope Array who would be the one to actually do it in real life, which was totally fascinating.
I hope you will enjoy our efforts.