(*) How recent? Available since September 2015, despite the 2016 copyright date. Of course, we SF aficionados are more open than most to the possibility of time travel :-) And to further muddy the temporal waters, this book would have had a place in my 2015 best reads summary if I hadn't wanted to post recommendations early within the recently concluded holiday shopping season. Of course there are still post-holiday clearance sales and (in theory) unspent gift cards ...
Stratmann is a cardiologist and an SF author, supremely qualified to have authored such a book. (Full disclosure: Henry and I are friends -- but that's not the reason for the rave review that follows.)
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All too often, the medical and biological content in science fiction is seriously incomplete or, worse, flat-out wrong. (There's also more than enough questionable physics, chemistry, and engineering in the genre, but, sometimes those do come out right. Historically, many more physicists and engineers than biologists and doctors have written SF.) If unrealistic portrayals of biology and medicine are the disease, then Using Medicine in Science Fiction is the cure.
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Using Medicine in Science Fiction is a meticulously researched book, one that you can't read without learning a great deal about a great many topics. It's also richly leavened with wry asides and sly genre references. SF fans will appreciate how it is liberally endowed with examples of medical topics as used (and abused) in a plethora of genre books, stories, comics, TV shows, and movies. (Another disclosure: a few of those references are to novels by Your Humble Blogger.) And if you're left wanting to know more, each chapter concludes with an extensive set of citations.
In summary: Using Medicine in Science Fiction: The SF Writer's Guide to Human Biology immediately earned a place of honor on my use-all-the-time reference shelf. Whether you read, view, or write SF -- or "merely" want better to understand the capabilities and limitations of the intricate mechanism that is (or could be) the human body -- this is a book well worth your attention.