By Michael Swanwick
Whilst Mendeleev set forth the Periodic desk of the weather, he revolutionised chemistry - yet simply as importantly, he planted the seeds for Michael Swanwick's Periodic desk of technology Fiction. Now, after their epochal appearances on-line at www.scifi.com, this assortment gathers jointly the single hundred and eighteen tales of the PTSF in print for the 1st time, of their definitive shape. lifestyles, Chemistry, and technological know-how Fiction just isn't a similar again.
Swanwick, grand grasp of the SF brief tale and absolute grasp of the short-short, is at his exuberant and inventive top in those stories, every one encouraged via a unmarried chemical point. listed here are cosmos-spanning destiny histories, slyly conceived replacement timelines, shockingly subversive mystery chronicles of highbrow ardour, divine jests, and fragments of incomparable knowledge. within the Periodic desk of technological know-how Fiction, revelations stream like heady wine: the true cause the Hindenburg exploded; tips to degree the apocalyptic temper swings of God; why you by no means wish pond scum to preside over your workplace; that's the main uninteresting point in lifestyles; how the Plains Indians followed no longer the pony however the bike; find out how to keep away from a spaceship hijacking; the right way to make a fortune in interplanetary metals prospecting; robotic ideology; and lots more and plenty, even more. If Mendeleev encompassed all subject in his Periodic desk, Michael Swanwick's encompasses all that truly matters...
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