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Michael Blumlein is a medical doctor and a respected SF writer whose novels and stories have introduced new levels of both horror and wonder into the fiction of scientific speculation. His work as an internist at San Francisco’s cutting edge UCSF Medical Center, and his lifelong dedication to patient care, inform his acclaimed stories and novels as they explore what it means to be truly—if only temporarily—human.

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Thoreau’s Microscope
Author: Michael Blumlein
Publisher: PM Press/ Outspoken Authors
ISBN: 978-1-62963-516-3
Published: 06/01/2018
Format: Paperback
Size: 7.5x5
Page count: 128
Subjects: Science Fiction

The politics and terrors of biotech, human engineering, and brain science are given startling fictional form in a selection of short stories with Michael Blumlein’s signature mix of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and wicked humor.

The title piece, “Thoreau’s Microscope,” is a stunning mix of hypothesis and history, in which the author inhabits Thoreau’s last days to explore the politics of impersonal science and personal liberation—a journey as illuminating as it is disturbing.

On a lighter note, “Fidelity” coolly deconstructs adultery with the help of an exuberant tumor, a guinea pig, and a swimsuit. “Y(ou)r Q(ua)ntifi(e)d S(el)f” will reset your Fitbit and your personal goals as well. “Paul and Me” is a legendary love story writ extra-large; and in “Know How, Can Do” a female Frankenstein brings romance to life in the cold light of the lab.


“Blumlein has an exceptional vision, and he conveys it with exceptional talent.”
Washington Post

“Blindingly brilliant...Blumlein is beyond any genre...a genuinely great writer.”
—Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love

“A wonderful and disturbing writer.”
—William Gibson

“Offbeat and unpredictable...a talent that bears watching.”
Publishers Weekly

“Disturbing. More!”
—Joe Lansdale, creator of Hap and Leonard

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