Discover the science and science fiction of Fringe

Fringe Science

Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists
Edited by Kevin R. Grazier
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Fringe has always been more than the sum of its parts–but its parts, too, are worth a closer look. The show combines a surfeit of mad science, some old-school sci-fi flair, and a dash of strawberry-milkshake whimsy to create the challenging, fascinating Pattern that keeps us coming back season after season and universe after universe.

Now, in Fringe Science, cutting-edge scientists, science writers, and science fiction authors and historians provide a smart, savvy, and accessible look at the world(s) of Fringe.

  • MIT physics professor Max Tegmark illuminates the real-life possibilities of parallel universes
  • Stephen Cass, founding editor of Discover‘s Science Not Fiction blog and a Senior Editor with Technology Review, unravels Fringe‘s use of time travel
  • Award-winning science fiction historian Amy H. Sturgis walks us through the show’s literary and television ancestors, from the 1800s on
  • Television Without Pity staff writer Jacob Clifton looks at the role of the scientist, and scientific redemption, through the ever-shifting role of Massive Dynamic
  • Garth Sundem, bestselling author of Brain Candy, explores the mysterious way that memory works, from why Walter forgets to how Olivia remembers
  • And more, from lab cow Gene’s scientific r©sum© to why the Observers should be wearing white lab coats

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Fringe Science giveaway winner!
Posted May 1st

To celebrate Fringe being renewed for another season, we’re giving away a copy of Fringe Science to one lucky fan. Without further ado, the winner (chosen courtesy of is . . . Courtney! Congratulations! We’ll be in touch via email so we can get your prize sent out.

Thanks to everyone who entered. If you didn’t win but would like to learn more about Fringe Science, you can sign up below to read a free excerpt; we’ll also let you know about any future giveaways!

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Posted April 27th | 25 Comments »

Heard the good news? We’re getting 13 more episodes of Fringe!

To celebrate, we’re giving away a copy of Fringe Science. Leave a comment on this post (say, with your favorite thing about season 4, or what you’re most looking forward to—spoiler free—about season 5) before midnight Central time on Sunday, April 29 to enter!

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In case you’re in the same boat: here’s our top 5 best gift bets from our last 12 months of new releases. We’ve also added a few related non-book gift options to round out each suggestion–just in case you really like the person (or your Secret Santa lower limit is higher...

What People Are Saying

One may be able to view the series without knowing its true roots in the past and contemporary times but thanks to the authors in Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists, fans of Fringe are able to conduct their own research into the edges of Fringe science–and come to appreciate the FOX drama even more.

— Anthony at

If you are one that loves to ponder and discuss such topics then Smart Pop's Fringe Science is a book that you will want to incorporate into your reality.

— Old Darth at

Immediately after reading Fringe Science I had an almost undeniable urge to re-watch the TV series it is based upon. That's a sign of a fantastic pop culture book. Not only will the book educate the reader about some less often discussed scientific theories, but it will also help fans better understand the possibilities of certain fringe events when viewing the show. Fringe Science is wonderful and a must read for any Fringe fan.

— Jennifer at Reading with Tequila

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