From: Edward Movitz <movitz**At_Symbol_Here**OLEMISS.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemistry-oriented science fiction?
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:48:19 +0000
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If you would conside some non-fiction, our Local Section just finished a year-long series of outreach and member development social activities centered around a common reading experience. Copies of three different books, "Warmth Disperses, and Time Passes," "The Alchemy of Air," and "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York" were distributed to local section members. Members then met and discussed the scientific, historic, and social aspects of the books in social settings. I would recommend any of these, especially for a group discussion. Sometimes the truth is stranger than science fiction. 

If you want just silly, do a search for the sense-staggering series of Radioactive Man and Fallout Boy comics.


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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] on behalf of DAVID [dakatz45**At_Symbol_Here**MSN.COM]
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 5:11 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemistry-oriented science fiction?

Hi Ralph,
I was involved with ACS two symposia and one at NSTA on Science and Science Fiction.  I also taught some science fiction in my non-major classes.  See my web page 
I used mainly short stories, rather than novels, to keep the reading from becoming burdensome.  See the first topic Science fiction materials I use in my classroom.  Due to copyright restrictions, I could not post these stories on my website.
I hope this is helpful.
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Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 2:51 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemistry-oriented science fiction?

I'm thinking about the safety culture presentations I'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 I'd appreciate examples that come quickly to mind.

I'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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