|Topi Barr's Antithiotimoline is in this vintage Analog|
He pointed to a list put together by Connie Willis, an award winning SF author, and an article by Philip Ball in Chemistry World.
I'm working on a column for Nature Chemistry about the ways in which chemistry and science fiction play off each other. Is science fiction more than escapist entertainment? Should chemists care that there's not more chemistry inflected fiction out there? Should we deliberately expose students to science fiction? Should we encourage them to write it?
To go alone with the piece, I'm trying to create a periodic table of chemical fiction, not limited to just science fiction. Are there pieces on my list you particularly love? Something I'm missing? I'd love to hear in the comments!
For a full set of elemental science fiction short stories, I encourage you to browse Michael Swanwick's Periodic Table of Science Fiction (thanks, Kateri!). What really happened to the Hindenburg?
The list to date!
|As||Asimov, Isaac||Whiff of Death, The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thiotimoline, Thiotimoline to the Stars, Pate de Fois Gras|
|Pb||Ball, Philip||The Sun and Moon Corrupted|
|B||Bujold, Lois McMaster||Vorkosigan series|
|Ac||Christie, Agatha||"The Blue Geranium” in The Thirteen Problems|
|Cl||Clements, Hal||Phases in Chaos|
|Co||Conan Doyle, Arthur||Holmes|
|Md||Dewar, Michael||“Temporal Chirality: The Burgenstock Communication”|
|F||Foster Wallace, David||Infinite Jest|
|He||Heinlein, Robert||Glory Road, Have Spacesuit will Travel|
|Li||King, Laurie||Russell & Holmes series|
|U||Le Guin, Ursula||“Schrödinger’s Cat”|
|Sn||Lem, Stanislaw||“Uranium Earpieces” in Mortal Engines|
|P||Levi, Primo||The Monkey’s Wrench|
|Am||McCaffrey, Anne||Pern series|
|H||Piper, H Beam||Omnilingual|
|Kr||Robinson, Kim Stanley||Mars series|
|O||Sachs, Oliver||Uncle Tungsten|
|Dy||Sayer, Dorothy||The Documents in the Case|
|Sm||Smith, Edward Elmer “Doc”||“Tedric,” “Lord Tedric" in The Best of E. E. “Doc” Smith|
|Fr||Vance, Jack||“Potters of Firsk”|
|K||Vonnegut, Kurt||Cat’s Cradle|
|Hg||Well, H.G.||“The Diamond Maker” in The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents|
|C||Willis, Connie||The Sidon in the Mirror|