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Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists

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Fringe has always been more than the sum of its parts—but its parts, too, are worth a closer look. The show combines a surfeit of mad science, some old-school sci-fi flair, and a dash of strawberry-milkshake whimsy to create the challenging, fascinating Pattern that keeps us coming back season after season and universe after universe.

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Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Smart Pop (first published August 2nd 2011)
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Immediately after reading Fringe Science I had an almost undeniable urge to re-watch the TV series it is based upon. That's a of a fantastic pop culture book. Having read many essays about varying aspects of the show, all I wanted to do was dive back into that world.

Fringe has a lot going on - on many levels. No matter if an episode if focusing on the past, the present, interpersonal relationships or the alternate universe, science always comes into play. Even in the most outlandish of episodes
After I finished watching the series, Fringe, I was left with a gaping emotional hole in my chest. I didn't know where to look for something to fill it. I had questions, questions about Olivia and Walter and Peter and Astrid and Gene and Nina and Broyles and Charlie and Lincoln and Fauxlivia and Walternate. I had questions about the science behind each of Walter's experiments, failed and successful. I was left yearning for more about Gene, our favorite bovine (she may have been a heifer). I did ...more
Malia Ebel
I generally enjoy books on "theoretical physics for non-science minds". I was excited about this book because I understood that Fringe employed some pretty cutting-edge science in its plotlines and I was excited to learn more about the theories employed in those plots. But this isn't really about the scientific principles that were used in Fringe, the essays are more an examination of Fringe. Several of the essays aren't scientifically-based at all, and instead look at the literary and film insp ...more
As a series of essays on various areas within the show Fringe, this is a very interesting book but just not what I was looking for.

Some of the essays where, of course, better than others and some very interesting parallels are drawn between the main characters (especially Walter Bishop) and great literary investigators or science fiction greats.

Obviously one for fans only!

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John Lindemuth
This is an entertaining book for anyone who has watched the series "Fringe". The work is written in chapter style vignettes with a different author for each chapter. The book, in part, details the scientific (some would say pseudo-scientific) basis for the experimentation performed during this series. In addition, other parts of the book are written from the standpoint of the genre of science fiction and explain the roots of the literary attributes that have been borrowed form other television s ...more
Nyree Anderson
Very interesting reading, delving into the science of science fiction. Mostly easy reading but, at times, too much for my little brain to fathom!
I think these type of essays (relating a subject such as science to tv shows) make it easier to learn and is a hell of a lot more interesting than a mundane text book!
Cute little book.
Paul McNeil
There is a big, Walter Bishop-sized hole in my life where Fringe used to be. It was my weekly dose of crazy sci-fi glued together with a gripping cross-dimensional family drama, the kind of show that often veered into melodrama, and usually pulled it off. Part of the fun, of course, was the freak of the week approach to "fringe" science, which often involved the kind of "what if" scenarios that take some scientific idea and took it to an entertaining, if scientifically ridiculous, direction. At ...more
Luke Rigley
Very interesting, combines the joy of fringe with the joy of science, great stuff

There were only a few of these essays I couldn't understand. =) Most essays had interesting real life information about some of the fringe sciences on the tv show including the quantum physics of time travel. The authors are well informaed about Fringe and bring together the themes over the first three seasons.
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Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.

The essays were really interesting and fascinating. I was totally nerding out in a good way.
The essay on Parallel Universes is a doozy to get through, but from there it is smooth sailing. Any Fringe Fan will love this trip into the Mythology of Fringe.
Pam Schloesser-canepa
I rate this one quite highly, but I am biased, I have always loved the Fringe series. This collections gives some valuable background.
While I enjoyed the essays, this was for someone who was a much greater fan than I.
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Dr. Kevin Grazier holds the duel titles of Investigation Scientist and Science Planning Engineer for the Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. He earned B.S. degrees in computer science and geology from Purdue University, and a B.S. in physics from Oakland University. He earned his M.S. in physics from Purdue, and then went to UCLA for his ...more
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