Seeking novels about scientists! All genres welcome; women protagonists, protagonists of color and non-Western protagonists preferred; weirdos also acceptable.
I was thinking about Gwyneth Jones's excellent novel of genetics, research, gender and the future, Life
, and about Samuel Delany's use of language to create a sense
rather than a direct depiction of future science in Triton
. And then I was around a bunch of scientists. And I thought I'd like to read some novels about them.
So lay it on me! What are some novels about scientists? Any scientists will do, with the exception of sociologists, psychiatrists and anthropologists - let's emphasize the sort of scientists more commonly found in the lab rather than the field and whose work is...er....mathier
. Extra points for novels some of whose action takes place in a research setting - Life
, for example, is very much about the world of research and the career arc of a minor researcher. (Jones actually did a lot of shadowing of geneticists when writing it.)
Detective stories and science fiction are fine - I suppose romance novels would be too, provided that they were sufficiently sciencey. Ideally, these would not be right-wing novels.
A recognizable and somewhat realistic depiction of research life is a plus.
(I am around scientists all the time
...so I'm not so much looking for soft information about research labs and what goes on in them as I am looking for writerly treatment of research.)