Saturday, September 23, 2006

Science, fiction

Reader James Aach wrote in regarding the post about John Sutherland's contention that we can learn about science through fiction. Aach agrees with Sutherland, and so do I. I merely questioned Sutherland's assertion that Michael Crichton's State of Fear was the best example of a novel to introduce readers to the science about global warming.

Aach goes one better: he's an insider from the nuclear power industry who wrote Rad Decision, a thriller--which he says gets the technology right--based on his knowledge and experience.

You can read the novel for free online here.

Aach has also written an essay on the hurdles confronting writers who try to keep the science in their fiction authentic; click here to read it.

--Marshal Zeringue