A suite of connected short stories concluding with a memoir of a youthful encounter with J. Robert Oppenheimer, Luminous Fish is the first work of literary fiction published by world-class microbiologist Lynn Margulis. Revolving around the work and love lives of practicing scientists, it's delivered with a punch. Margulis has an accomplished style: these fictions are immediately enjoyable and very well constructed. "Raoul" stands out as pulling together the widest range of narrative gambits. This story follows the scientific life of the shy French Jewish protagonist from his adolescent hazing in Vichy France to his emergence on the international circuit of atmospheric and space science (suggestive of the NASA milieu of Margulis's collaboration with the British atmospheric chemist James Lovelock, originator of Gaia theory). His young American lover Rene takes over the narration midway with a long letter of amorous frustration, from which point Margulis lets these characters with whom we're now intimate have increasingly larger portions of the saying of the story. In each piece singly, and as a connected series, the denouement is deft, brutally efficient, and satisfying.