Alexandre Kroyé almost certainly would write science fiction, sort of a Logan’s Run dystopian escape adventure.
Rachel Carson would have to write a murder mystery, I suspect, about involved a young socialite who knew too much and a sinister Dr. D.D. Thornton.
When Carolyn Merchant tires of writing careful, scholarly works about ecology and the scientific revolution, perhaps she will try something a little edgier, like murder mysteries.
Thomas Kuhn, writing under a pretty lame nom de plume, tried his hand at historical pulp fiction. The story of a Revolutionary War-era woman who refused to live by society’s patriarchal norms.
Ok, there’s no way Thomas Kuhn could have written such a book. But it’s fun to pretend.
In a conversation recently, a student commented something like, “At first I couldn’t recall the title of Biagioli’s book. All I could think of was Galileo Courtesan.” His remark prompted me to wonder what would scholarship look like if written as mid–20th-century pulp fiction. Maybe something like this:
I would give anything to stumble across a book like this in some used bookstore. Does anybody know of trashy pulp fiction that centers on a significant person from the history of science? Anyone?
While not an exact quotation, it’s close enough. I should add, this was (and still is) a smart student. ↩