From: Peter Zavon <pzavon**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemistry-oriented science fiction?
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:45:02 -0400
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Some great examples have been given of science fiction that focuses on chemistry and environmental impact.

Sometimes SF uses chemistry without destroying the world. One of the classics, because it was the first published work of the author, is a short story piece "The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thiotimeoline" The author was Isaac Asimov. This piece was published the week he successfully defended his Doctoral paper in biochemistry. He knew he had gotten through the defense when the panel began to ask him about the biochemistry of Thiotimoline, a fictional compound so incredibly soluble in water that it dissolves before the water contacts it. (It has one chemical bond to itself across time.) The whole thing is written in the style of an academic paper.

Peter Zavon
Penfield, NY


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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Stuart, Ralph
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 5:51 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemistry-oriented science fiction?

IČ??m thinking about the safety culture presentations IČ??ll be giving next week (better before the presentation than during) and one question that occurred to me is "what examples of science fiction are there that are primarily focused on chemistry and/or chemical safety as a key topic?" I suspect that there are people who are better versed in this literature than I and IČ??d appreciate examples that come quickly to mind.

IČ??d also be interested in examples of specific books you may have had as children (age 12 and under) that got you interested in science outside of school.

Thanks for any information on these questions.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Keene State College


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