Franx Fiction

I started this website since nowadays one needs a presence to be present, and physical presence is no longer sufficient to be seen in this nebulous virtual space. So think of it as a bullhorn, as an amplification, as a mic check.

Blog Posts

A Very Stable Genius

Long time ago I used to make little boxes and panorariums, like works by Joseph Cornell.  Some have survived the many moves, but barely. Everything has become shaky and unreliable. It is astounding that the head is still in place.  I’m sure the circuit board no longer works. It’s a curiosity, really, but I haven’t … Continue reading

From microscopic to macroscopic

. Colleagues of mine whom I invited to come to Stockholm presented me with this exquisite gift.  It represnts a different direction of viewing the world from the one I was familiar with. I appreciate the empathy expressed in this deed: they all recognize what they would do if in my skin — do things … Continue reading


. A few days ago my brother in law, husband of my sister who succumbed to cancer almost 20 years ago, sent me a drawing I must have given her once.  He placed it in a large rustic wooden frame.  It’s less than 2 x 2 inches, and depicts one of the creatures of netherworld … Continue reading

Signing the Book

Nobel Media/The Nobel Foundation   Signing the book in the office of the Nobel Foundation.  With me is my wife Carol. The book has been kept since 1952.  Every page represents a year. Even if nothing had impressed me before, this book certainly sends shivers down my spine. Obama’s signature right next to Venki Ramakrishnan, … Continue reading

The Making of Sporknik

SPORKNIK . . . is a truly new dining experience.  It has now been officially featured in THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE following an interview Heather Bellow, the Eagle’s investigative reporter, had with me in a tiny yet quite popular cafe in Great Barrington, Massachussets. Few people know the real story behind this invention.  It would take … Continue reading

Stars Misaligned

Star misalignment is a serious condition. We all want to be whole, after all. It is not tempting to sit down and relax and enjoy the afternoon in Bangalore’s Botanical Garden?

The White House

In going on the record saying I would not put my foot in the White House as long as Trump, Pence, Ryan will occupy it I exercised my right of free speech.  I’m somewhat troubled by the comments I received, which called me a hero for saying this.  What this seems to indicate is that … Continue reading

Cutting a soft version of the medal

   At Coogan’s, the famous Irish bar just around the corner.  We go there sometimes to celebrate a paper in Nature. Ming came all the way from California to celebrate.  That’s dedication! Thanks to everybody! — Joachim

Nobel Prize

On Wed Oct 4, 2017,  I was notified that I have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Jesus Christ. Holy Cow. I’m a different person now. Someone recognized me on the 1-Train.  How come you still take the subway?  In other words, privilege  is the immediate outcome of this new status. The most satisfying … Continue reading

The Competitor

My ferocious competitor in instant fiction, master of the flies and master of cognitive chaos, has changed the rules of the game. It is not to our advantage. We used to be able to make up stories, tongue in cheek, creating an alternative world to illuminate the real one in which we wake up every … Continue reading