Wed
Sep 10 2008 4:17pm

MSNBC on “Totally Fictional Doomsdays”

Doomsday SF is suddenly a hot topic because of all the overwrought news coverage of the Large Hadron Collider: from MSNBC, Totally Fictional Doomsdays. In addition to a really fine and theatrical photo of my dad (physicist John G. Cramer) in the laboratory, and discussion of the “eerie” parallels between the news story and my dad’s novel Einstein’s Bridge, MSNBC’s Alan Boyle provides a list of ten other novels “that explore the fictional frontiers of particle physics.”

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Blasphemy by Douglas Preston

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Cosm by Gregory Benford

Final Theory by Mark Alpert

Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer

The God Particle by Richard Cox

A Hole in Texas by Herman Wouk

Maniford: Time by Stephen Baxter

Timescape by Gregory Benford

My dad says, “I’m supposed to be interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered this afternoon (Wednesday) about the same thing. The sound file for this should be available on the NPR web tomorrow.” UDPATE: The part about science fiction on All Things Considered seems to have ended up on the cutting room floor.

5 comments
Paul Weimer
1. PrinceJvstin
You know, although I've read Einstein's Bridge, I never made the connection that the two of you were related!
Evan Langlinais
2. Skwid
Wow, neither did I! And he wrote one of my favorite books when I was a teen (and one that would not be out of place on this list): Twistor!
Spike MacPhee
4. Spike MacPhee
Two more "black hole menaces earth" novels:

Greg Benford's Eater - an intelligent black hole arrives at earth with demands ...

Thomas Wren's The Doomsday Effect - a small hole has impacted earth from space. Can it be removed?

Both are fun reads!
Paradox Olbers in Second Life
Spike MacPhee
5. Seal Boy
Final Theory is one hell of a damn good book. And a first one at that. Exemplary physics! Bang on! Fantastic! Utterly believable. Watch out, this guy knows how to write! The bar has been raised (no pun intended).

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