Post by Ruthanna Gordon
Fiction may take place in high society or in the worst part of town, in the distant past or on a distant planet. But even in the hardest science fiction, we rarely see stories that focus on actual research. The Lablit movement aims to change that.
As every scientist knows, the lab is rife with drama. The pins-and-needles feeling of waiting for a completed statistical analysis may be a bit esoteric for most people. But much of it is more accessible. Will this experiment work at all? Will it give you publishable results, or will you get scooped by that “colleague” who was so rude at the last conference? And what about the soap opera relationships between grad students, that turn sour when the computer crashes at 3 AM?
If you’d like to find out more, here are some sites to get you started:
–Lablit.com is at the center of the movement, and includes a list of examples, a discussion forum, and a few stories.
–Nature did an article on the topic.
-A few examples from biology.