Science and Fiction

Using Medicine in Science Fiction

The SF Writer’s Guide to Human Biology

Authors: Stratmann, H. G.

  • Analyses the real science behind medical science fiction as portrayed in various media
  • Provides concise end-of-chapter summaries and practical advice to science fiction writers
  • Includes an extensice glossary and lists of references for further reading for each topic
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About this book

This book offers a clearly written, entertaining and comprehensive source of medical information for both writers and readers of science fiction.

Science fiction in print, in movies and on television all too often presents dubious or simply incorrect depictions of human biology and medical issues. This book explores the real science behind such topics as how our bodies adapt to being in space, the real-life feasibility of common plot elements such as suspended animation and medical nanotechnology, and future prospects for improving health, prolonging our lives, and enhancing our bodies through technology.

 Each chapter focuses on a single important science fiction-related subject, combining concise factual information with examples drawn from science fiction in all media. Chapters conclude with a “Bottom Line” section summarizing the most important points discussed in the chapter and giving science fiction writers practical advice on how to incorporate them into their own creations, including a list of references for further reading.

 The book will appeal to all readers interested in learning about the latest ideas on a variety of science fiction-related medical topics, and offers an invaluable reference source for writers seeking to increase the realism and readability of their works.

 Henry G. Stratmann, MD, FACC, FACP is a cardiologist with board certifications in internal medicine, cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. Befor

e entering private practice he became Professor of Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed clinical medical research. Henry received a BA in chemistry from St. Louis University and his MD at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He is currently enrolled at Missouri State University to obtain a BS in physics with a minor in astronomy. His professional publications include being an author or coauthor of many research articles for medical journals, primarily in the field of nuclear cardiology. Henry is also a regular contributor of both stories and science fact articles to Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

About the authors

Henry G. Stratmann, MD, FACC, FACP is a cardiologist with board certifications in internal medicine, cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. Before entering private practice he became Professor of Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed clinical medical research. Henry received a BA in chemistry from St. Louis University and his MD at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He is currently enrolled at Missouri State University to obtain a BS in physics with a minor in astronomy. His professional publications include being an author or coauthor of many research articles for medical journals, primarily in the field of nuclear cardiology. Henry is also a regular contributor of both stories and science fact articles to Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • How the Human Body Works: From Quarks to Cells

    Stratmann, H. G.

    Pages 1-39

  • Hurting and Healing Characters

    Stratmann, H. G.

    Pages 41-87

  • Space Is a Dangerous Place

    Stratmann, H. G.

    Pages 89-119

  • Microgravity and the Human Body

    Stratmann, H. G.

    Pages 121-150

  • Space Medicine: Paging Dr. McCoy

    Stratmann, H. G.

    Pages 151-186

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-16015-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-16014-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Using Medicine in Science Fiction
Book Subtitle
The SF Writer’s Guide to Human Biology
Authors
Series Title
Science and Fiction
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-16015-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-16015-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-16014-6
Series ISSN
2197-1188
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 556
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