Format: B format paperback, 198x129mm, 208pp
Pippa Goldschmidt grew up in London and now lives in Edinburgh. Her novel The Falling Sky (runner-up in the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize) and her short story collection The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space are both published by Freight.
Long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award
Long-listed for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2016
Pippa Goldschmidt, author of the acclaimed novel The Falling Sky, brings together an outstanding collection of short stories on the theme of science and its impact on all our lives. In turns witty, accessible, fascinating and deeply moving, Goldschmidt demonstrates her mastery of the short form as well as her ability to draw out scientific themes with humane and compelling insight.
Goldschmidt allows us to spy on Bertolt Brecht, as he rewrites his play Life of Galileo with Charles Laughton after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She introduces us to Albert Einstein as he deals with the loss of his first child, Liesel. We meet Robert Oppenheimer scheming against his tutor, Professor Patrick Blackett, at Cambridge University, having fallen in love with Blackett’s wife. She tells the story of a female university student starting a love affair with her lecturer paralleled alongside the ‘relationship’ between Alice and Bob, two imaginary figures that symbolise the theory of relativity.
Goldschmidt’s scope can be epic, at other times intimate, providing a forensic examination of relationships and the forces that influence them.
Praise for The Need For Better Regulation of Outer Space:
‘These short stories provide a highly original, and engagingly human, slant on science and its practitioners past and present. Read and enjoy.’ Gutter
‘Goldschmidt’s prose is endlessly inventive, blurring the lines between science, the surreal and the absurd. Unafraid to question, the collection explores the experience of women in a male-dominated profession, of the descendents of Jews who survived the war and, as the title suggests, the lack of regulations regarding outer space.’ List
‘Clever and compassionate, funny and bittersweet, inventive and heartfelt, it’s a real discovery.’ Independent on Sunday
‘wisely shuns polymath pyrotechnics for a witty blend of history, compassion and poetic passages about neutrinos, space and beyond’ Independent
‘Definitions: ‘scientist’ – human being who wonders, tries, gets things wrong; ‘science’ – curiosity, wrapped in strange language and with odd-looking equipment; ‘story’ – what if, and then, and then. Pippa Goldschmidt mixes all of the above and the resulting compounds are sweet, funny, spicy, provocative, moving. Your universe will be expanded. It doesn’t get any better than that.’ Tania Hershman author of My Mother Was An Upright Piano
‘These stories, written with deep empathy and a bittersweet humour, open up a world where literature often fears to tread. Science is a tool for understanding the universe, but in Pippa Goldschmidt’s hands it is also a metaphor through which we can better understand ourselves. She is a writer of great heart and talent.’ Iain Maloney author of First Time Solo and Silma Hill
‘Sharply imagined stories that glitter like a constellation: funny, sexy and moving by turns. There is a haunting, planetary loneliness at the heart of many of these tales, but they’re told with energy, wit and unflagging inventiveness.’ Wayne Price, author of Furnace and Mercy Seat
‘Pippa Goldschmidt is busy defining an entirely new kind of “science” fiction. These stories – all of which are superb exercises in tone and concision – are urgent dispatches from a territory almost completely ignored by contemporary authors – elegant fables that inhabit the intersection of science, culture, humanity, and which are thoroughly informed by a sharp understanding of both the secret histories and hidden processes of actual science.’ Alastair Reynolds
‘In these stories, the powerful juxtaposition of scientific intellect and emotional frailty is played out engagingly. The stories also imply no matter how objective scientific genius is, the scientists themselves, like the rest of us, are subject to moral failings.’ Alice Thompson, writer, chooses The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space as a favourite book of the year in the Sunday Herald
‘Goldscmidt uses a direct, measured, and dryly witty tone to showcase startling metaphors and imagery of stars, bodies, lab equipment, theoretical physics, numbers and cells; revealing how rich the world of science can be for fiction, and how unique this collection is.’ For Books Sake
‘a vast range of truly enjoyable stories in which the ordinary often becomes extraordinary and more meaningful once peered at through Goldschmidt’s microscope.’ DURA
Praise for The Falling Sky:
‘A delicate and fascinating study of a life in which intellect and external microscopic and cosmic fields interact.’ Stephen Fry, Judge of the Dundee International Book Prize 2012
‘This novel is brilliant on several levels. Beautifully written, with many flashes of dark humour, it is fascinating… and is also a terrific portrayal of one woman’s struggle with past tragedy and present difficulties.’ Daily Mail