Vacation Stories: FIVE SCIENCE FICTION TALES
Fearing they would compromise his scientific career, neurobiologist Ramon y Cajal waited almost twenty years to publish these stories: five ingenious tales that take a microscopic look at the nature, allure, and danger of scientific curiosity. Now available for the first time in an English paperback edition, Cajal's stories reveal a great deal about the collusion of human...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 22nd 2006 by University of Illinois Press
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These stories are very amateurishly constructed by today's standards. For example, information is often simply dumped on you in huge chunks right at the start, and characters frequently pour out their streams of consciousness to the ether in the most lengthy, grandiose and utterly unrealistic fashion. However, there are more than a few surprisingly beautiful turns of phrase, and the vocabulary on display is impressively vast, such that at times the writing approaches an almost poetic lyricism th...more
enchanting collection of short stories. they're not really science fiction so much as philosophical fiction about science. the translation seems to make great efforts to preserve the polysyllabic qualities of Spanish, which is interesting. the stories sound like they were written around the turn of the century, a nice trick in translation. i borrowed this from my softball teammate Chris Vyce and it was a good time.
Santiago Ramón y Cajal was a Spanish histologist, physician, and Nobel laureate. His pioneering investigations of the microscopic structure of the brain were so original and influential that he is considered by many to be the greatest neuroscientist of all time. His skills as an artist allowed him to make hundreds of drawings so beautiful and lucid that many of them are still used for educational...moreMore about Santiago Ramón y Cajal...