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The Science of Superheroes

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In the successful tradition of The Physics of Star Trek this book takes a lighthearted but no less learned look at superpowers and considers what is and isn't possible.
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Titel: The Science of Superheroes
Autor/en: Lois H. Gresh, Robert Weinberg

ISBN: 0471468827
EAN: 9780471468820
Sprache: Englisch.
JOHN WILEY & SONS INC

September 2003 - kartoniert - 208 Seiten

Beschreibung

The truth about superpowers . . . science fact or science fiction? "An entertaining and informative guide to comic book wonders bound to come." -Julius Schwartz, Editor Emeritus, DC Comics Superman, Batman, The X-Men, Flash, Spider Man . . . they protect us from evildoers, defend truth and justice, and, occasionally, save our planet from certain doom. Yet, how much do we understand about their powers? In this engaging yet serious work, Lois Gresh and Robert Weinberg attempt to answer that question once and for all. From X-ray vision to psychokinesis, invisibility to lightspeed locomotion, they take a hard, scientific look at the powers possessed by all of our most revered superheroes, and a few of the lesser ones, in an attempt to sort fact from fantasy. In the process, they unearth some shocking truths that will unsettle, alarm, and even terrify all but the most fiendish of supervillains. Lois Gresh (Rochester, NY) has written eight novels and nonfiction books as well as dozens of short stories and has been nominated for national fiction awards six times. Robert Weinberg (Oak Forest, IL) is a multiple award-winning author of novels, nonfiction books, short stories and comics.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Preface.
A Word about the Law.

Introduction: Men of Steel, Feathers of Fury ( Dean Koontz).

Chapter 1. More Powerful than a Speeding Locomotive: Superman.

Chapter 2. Rays-Cosmic and Gamma: The Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk.

Chapter 3. The Dark Knight: Batman.

Chapter 4. Under the Sea: Aquaman and Sub-Mariner.

Chapter 5. Along Came a Spider: Spider-Man.

Chapter 6. Green Lanterns and Black Holes: Magic, Science and Two Green Lanterns.

Chapter 7. Of Atoms, Ants, and Giants: Ant Man and the Atom.

Chapter 8. Fast, Fast, Fast: The Flash.

Chapter 9. Good, Evil, and Indifferent Mutants: The X-Men.

Chapter 10. Mysteries in Space: Science Fiction Superheroes.

Chapter 11. The Right Stuff: Donald Duck.

Appendix A: Who Missed the Cut?

Appendix B: The Professionals Speak.

Bibliography and Reading List.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

Portrait

Robert Weinberg's fiction has been nominated for Hugo, World Fantasy, and Stoker Awards. He was the 2002 winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Illustrated Narrative for his comic book series, Nightside. At present, Weinberg writes the comic book series Extinction Event for Wildstorm Comics. He previously served for twenty years as chairman of the Chicago Comicon, the second-largest comic convention in the United States.

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"... the science of superheroes suggests that a number of them are feasible, including Batman and the Incredible Hulk..." ( Independent on Sunday , 26 October 2003)
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