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Review of “Solar” by Ian McEwan

The British writer, Ian McEwan, is an acknowledged master of the novel form. In Solar, as in his earlier Saturday, a scientist is the central character in a drama that involves his knowledge and professional expertise only tangentially. I say this with some trepidation because I’m sure some readers will want to argue with it […]

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More on Genres and Subgenres

Several things happened in the last week that started me thinking again about my earlier description of lab lit as a genre or subgenre. The first was an email discussion about scientists as fiction writers. The next was Jerri’s comment on my recent review of Simon Mawer’s novel, Mendel’s Dwarf. Another was something I read […]

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Questions About Genre

When I’m asked by the writers I meet what kind of fiction I write, I almost always have to clarify that my fiction about science is not “science-fiction” and has very little in common with the science is found in the typical science-fiction novel.  The time has therefore come for me to discuss why fiction […]

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Review of “Cantor’s Dilemma” by Carl Djerassi

Although Cantor’s Dilemma was published in 1989, my earlier searches for fiction about science never turned up this book or even Djerassi’s name, and I’ve been asking myself why.  Once I started the book six months ago, I couldn’t put it down because for the first time, I felt I was reading about real scientists […]

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Names and Websites

When I told people I was starting a blog, nobody asked me why another website on fiction and science was needed.  One reason was probably that none of them knew that there were at least three others.  In fact, few people realized that a new subgenre of literary fiction had emerged, that there were already […]

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