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    be a good time In the meantime happy reading No Comments add yours Violent video games AI cryptology and the Feds what more could you want January 23rd 2016 by Jenny in Uncategorized A new year and a new pile of books to read for pleasure for reviewing for discussion at my Royal Institution Fiction Lab book group For the latter we re taking a look at Pandora s Sisters by Michael Stephen Fuchs The book was discovered in a second hand shop by one of the regular Labliterati Dom Stiles a relentless collector of obscure science related novels It looks like a standard lab lit thriller with a hotshot female artificial intelligence specialist protagonist and a sterling back cover description which includes the following sentence And soon after when men in strange hats come looking for her hard drive shooting first and never really asking any questions she finds herself on the run pursued by multiple squads of heavily armed religious zealots the Feds and worse Dom had brought it into our December meeting to pass around People smiled murmured groaned Christine exclaimed It s got a double helix on the cover it can t be all bad It had me at men in strange hats No Comments add yours Christmas escapism searching for CP Snow December 29th 2015 by Jenny in Fiction LabLit Reviews The formidable CP Snow Wikimedia I haven t had much time to read since going on holiday but I ve got a lab lit classic lined up The Search by famous chemist CP Snow Published in 1934 it is one of the oldest examples on our List as such I m a bit embarrassed that I ve never read it It looks quite formidable much like Snow himself so I might need to fortify myself with more port before diving in And speaking of snow not that there is any in England at the moment I ve just reviewed some polar lab lit over on the site Everland by Rebecca Hunt It s well worth a read Happy Christmas and New Year to all our readers 1 Comment add yours LabLit chats with Anna Ziegler October 11th 2015 by Jenny in Uncategorized We were so pleased that the award winning playwright Anna Ziegler whose play Photograph 51 is currently playing in London s West End took time out of her busy schedule to give us an interview Rosalind Frankin s story was so inherently dramatic and I was drawn to the complications and contradictions of her character to the way that she was her own greatest obstacle To learn more about Ziegler s motivations and inspirations in penning a story about the human characters behind the discovery of the structure of DNA do take a look 1 Comment add yours Summer reading June 28th 2015 by Jenny in Uncategorized It s that time of year again the hot weather brings dreams of holidays on faraway shores and all of the time to read that

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  • Christmas escapism: searching for CP Snow
    1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Christmas escapism searching for CP Snow December 29th 2015 by Jenny in Fiction LabLit Reviews The formidable CP Snow Wikimedia I haven t had much time to read since going on holiday but I ve got a lab lit classic lined up The Search by famous chemist CP Snow Published in 1934 it is one of the oldest examples on our List as such I m a bit embarrassed that I ve never read it It looks quite formidable much like Snow himself so I might need to fortify myself with more port before diving in And speaking of snow not that there is any in England at the moment I ve just reviewed some polar lab lit over on the site Everland by Rebecca

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  • LabLit chats with Anna Ziegler
    2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org LabLit chats with Anna Ziegler October 11th 2015 by Jenny in Uncategorized We were so pleased that the award winning playwright Anna Ziegler whose

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  • Summer reading
    2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Summer reading June 28th 2015 by Jenny in Uncategorized It s that time of year again the hot weather brings dreams of holidays on

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  • It’s time for the LabLiterati to reclaim outer space!
    water The boat ride to the beach would also take over an hour with the wait to go through the locks though they appear to reach it much sooner But this didn t cause Sleepless in Seattle to be classified as science fiction So I say it s time to reclaim space for the genre of lab lit We d love to see more books and films like Gravity seeing the light of day You have your marching orders all you writers out there 4 Comments Dave Clements 1 Comment permalink March 20th 2014 at 08 02 What s the beef with science fiction There are several issues with Gravity that to my mind make it more Science Fiction than Science Fact The convenient locations of the various places on orbit is already noted but there are other operational issues in Gravity which elide the facts to make it more convenient and survivable for the characters These include the amount of time taken to put on and take off a space suit and the amount of time it takes to repressurise an airlock But above and beyond all these is the key science fictional idea that drives the film Kessler syndrome the hypthesised debris cascade that would result as space debris hits other satellites causing even more debris and eventually wiping out everything in low Earth orbit LEO Even ignoring the fact that the data linking satellites TDRS that are used to link communications across LEO are in geosynchronous orbit GEO and thus immune from the effect something the film ignores to add narrative tension the Kessler syndrome is not something that has been probed to be real It s plausible but it is not a scientific fact confirmed thank goodness by experiment To my mind that makes Gravity science fiction more than anything else Hard SF for sure since they try as hard as possible to get everything else as right as they can given the story they want to tell but SF nevertheless I d contrast this with another film that is borderline SF Deep Impact This posits the possibility of a large asteroid impact threatening all life on Earth Most people would call this film SF but unlike Gravity and the Kessler Syndrome we know that such giant impacts have happened in the past one wiped out the dinosaurs Would you classify that as SF like most people or as something different Jenny 2 Comment permalink March 20th 2014 at 10 11 Hi Dave absolutely no beef with science fiction here I love science fiction and in fact it is my preferred genre for the cinema I am only pointing out that there is something about space that seems inspire a knee jerk misclassification which I think it s fair and quite interesting to question Clearly there is a grey zone in defining genre But I am arguing that the poetic license and made up stuff in Gravity is no more drastic than the conceits you find

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  • Lab styles – what’s yours?
    Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Lab styles what s yours March 20th 2016 by Jenny in Uncategorized We ve got a

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  • Gothic twist
    Links LabLit home Categories Comics Drugs Essays Fiction Films Guest post Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Gothic twist January 31st 2016 by Jenny in Uncategorized It wasn t intentional but today s issue is looking distinctly creepy First our latest serialized story Experimenting with the senses by chemical engineering professor Mark Keane is starting to feel a bit uncomfortable What will the fictional chemistry professor do to his recalcitrant daughter in the name of science At least we very much hope this isn t autobiographical just kidding Professor Keane Second we ve got some marvelously spooky flash fiction from immunologist Anne Burke who looks like she s writing what she knows only all too

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  • Violent video games, AI, cryptology and the Feds – what more could you want?
    Lab Twitterati Links LabLit home Categories Comics Drugs Essays Fiction Films Guest post Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Violent video games AI cryptology and the Feds what more could you want January 23rd 2016 by Jenny in Uncategorized A new year and a new pile of books to read for pleasure for reviewing for discussion at my Royal Institution Fiction Lab book group For the latter we re taking a look at Pandora s Sisters by Michael Stephen Fuchs The book was discovered in a second hand shop by one of the regular Labliterati Dom Stiles a relentless collector of obscure science related novels It looks like a standard lab lit thriller with a

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