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New Release: The Science of Stephen King

Posted by Dark Whisperer on August 29, 2007


The Science of Stephen King: From Carrie to Cell, The Terrifying Truth Behind the Horror Master’s Fiction

By Robert Weinberg and Lois H. Gresh

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN-10: 0471782475

ISBN-13: 978-0471782476

Release Date: August 31, 2007


Advance Praise From Publishers Weekly
Human characters, not science, are the heart of King’s fiction, but Gresh and Weinberg (The Science of James Bond) use these tales as a jumping-off point in their latest pop-sci tie-in. In Carrie, Firestarter and The Dead Zone,mayhem arises from the use of psychic abilities, so the authors explore not only the history of such powers in fiction, but also human consciousness and modern neuroscience. The killer vehicles of King’s story Trucks are compared to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, rounded out with a short discussion of artificial intelligence. Dreamcatcher and The Tommyknockers lead to a look at the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere, from flying-saucer paranoia to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Discussion of The Stand includes a look at fictional and real plagues, while the parallel worlds and alternate histories at the heart of The Dark Tower bring up theoretical physics from relativity to wormholes. The truths revealed are hardly terrifying, but the book is an excellent introduction to both popular science and science fiction themes. (Sept.)
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‘What a treasure house is this book! Robots, space aliens, Einstein, black holes, time travel—these themes, and much more, from Stephen King’s amazing books are opened up like toychests. It’s tremendous fun, entirely educational, and a great tribute to King.’
—Peter Straub

‘A fun, fun read.’
—F. Paul Wilson

‘The Science of Stephen King appeals to both the scientist and the longtime reader of Stephen King in me. Gresh and Weinberg use concepts from King’s fiction as launching pads for in-depth explorations of concepts as diverse as ESP, pyrokinesis, time travel, artificial intelligence, quantum chemistry, alternate realities, string theory, and the possibility that we’ll be visited by aliens or that we’ll face a global pandemic. Much of what Stephen King writes about in his novels is closer to reality than you might think.’
—Bev Vincent, Ph.D., author of The Road to the Dark Tower

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