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Trope-ing the Light Fantastic

The Science Behind the Fiction
A non fiction book by

"Edward M. Lerner has produced the best-ever guide to putting the science in science fiction, and he's done it with clarity, wit, and panache."
-- Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night

The essential resource for anyone who reads, writes, watches, or studies science fiction.

Men have walked on the Moon. Siri and Alexa manage -- at least often enough to be helpful -- to make sense of the things we say. Biologists have decoded DNA, and doctors have begun to tailor treatments to suit our individual genetic make-ups. In short: science and tech happen.

But faster-than-light travel? Time travel? Telepathy? A six million dollar -- as adjusted, of course, for inflation -- man? Starfaring aliens? Super-intelligent computers? Those, surely, are mere fodder for storytelling. Or wild extrapolations. Just so many "sci fi" tropes.

Sometimes, yes. But not necessarily.

In Trope-ing the Light Fantastic, physicist, computer engineer, science popularizer, and award-winning science-fiction author Edward M. Lerner entertainingly examines these and many other SF tropes. The science behind the fiction.

Each chapter, along with its eminently accessible scientific discussion, surveys science fiction -- foundational and modern, in short and long written form, on TV and the big screen -- that illustrates a particular trope. The good, the bad, and occasionally the cringe-worthy. All imparted with wit (and ample references to learn more).

So forget what the Wizard of Oz advised. Let's pull back the curtain...

"I am entertained and enlightened."
-- Larry Niven, author of Ringworld

"This is a book which covers a huge number of topics well and provides great scientific and science fictional stimulation."
-- Dave Truesdale, Tangent Online

"A great source book for SF writers."
-- Bud Sparhawk, author of Distant Seas

Praise for this book

"A must-have for every science-fiction writer." - Robert J Sawyer

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Hardback Editions

April 2018 : USA Hardback

Title: Trope-Ing the Light Fantastic: The Science Behind the Fiction
Author(s): Edward M Lerner
ISBN: 1-61242-365-5 / 978-1-61242-365-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Phoenix Pick
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Kindle Editions

April 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Trope-ing the Light Fantastic: The Science Behind the Fiction
Author(s): Edward M Lerner
Publisher: Phoenix Pick
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU