Author Archive | Kirk

New Three-Part Review on LabLit

To my imaginary (!) readers: During the past two weeks I have been putting the finishing touches on and completing the final editing of a review that has just begun to appear on the Lab Lit website. It should be of interest to anyone who follows my blog and especially to serious readers who are […]

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Review of “Blue Mars” by Kim Stanley Robinson

Blue Mars (1996) is the third novel in Robinson’s “Mars Trilogy.” It concludes the speculative history of the colonization of Mars begun in Red Mars and continued in Green Mars, both of which I’ve already reviewed in this blog. From here on I’ll adopt Robinson’s names “Terra” for the Earth—the home planet—and “Luna” for the […]

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Is Anyone Interested?

Is anyone interested in fiction about science? If so, have they looked at any of my posts recently? If your answer is “yes,” would you please click on the following link and use the form there to send me an email: http://kirksmith-novelist.com/contact/ Your message can be just the word “yes.” If you want to write […]

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“Green Mars” and More on Mitchell Wilson

Let me begin with a brief comment on Mitchell Wilson’s two novels about physicists, Live With Lightning (1949) and Meeting at a Far Meridian (1961). As readers of this blog know, my reviews have praised both of them highly. I’ve also mentioned a couple times in my posts that I originally wrote what I thought was going […]

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Two Novels About Implausible Physicists

I have a confession. Until I started reviewing novels, I rarely read any of them more than once. However, over the last three years since I began posting reviews on this blog, I have read almost every book I’ve reviewed here at least twice and some, three times. The original purpose of my reviews was […]

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What Fiction Contributes (That Biography Can’t)

In my last post, I described Mitchell Wilson’s novel, Live With Lightning, as a biography of a fictional scientist. I also pointed out some of the differences between what Wilson did in contrast to fictionalized biographies such as Kepler by John Banville, The Properties of Light by Rebecca Goldstein, and Measuring the World by Daniel […]

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