Archive | April, 2013

The Novelist as a Scientist of the Mind

In his novel Thinks…, David Lodge uses the technique of having more than one first-person narrators.  However, I’m more interested in the first-person narration technique itself and what it tells us about our inner lives.  Thus, his protagonists are a novelist, whose work involves imagining the private thoughts and feelings of her characters (as opposed […]

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Review of “Thinks…” by David Lodge

David Lodge’s Thinks… is an “academic” novel, a story set on a university campus, ostensibly about an affair between two faculty members.  However, the real story is about consciousness, a hot topic in cognitive science in recent decades.  The man, Ralph Messenger, typifies the established academic, whose duties include teaching both undergraduate and graduate students, […]

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Reviews of Two Fictionalized Biographies

I had read two other fictionalized biographies before I began blogging about fiction about science. It’s been long enough since I read them that I hesitate to write as detailed review as I have previously. However, my current recollections of these two books are instructive and raise an interesting question about this kind of novel. […]

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Review of “The God Patent” on LabLit.com

My review of The God Patent by Ransom Stephens is now live on the Lab Lit website. This is a wonderful mix of real science, science-fiction and religion, with a collection of appealing characters, about as different from each other as conceivable. If you are looking for fiction about science and scientists, Stephen’s  novel deserves your […]

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