Thursday, March 16, 2023

Top ten visionary books about scientists

Martin MacInnes was born in Inverness in 1983. He has an MA from the University of York, has read at international science and literature festivals, and is the winner of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and the 2014 Manchester Fiction Prize.

His debut novel, Infinite Ground, won the Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire Awards.

His second novel, Gathering Evidence, led to his inclusion in the National Centre for Writing / British Councils’s list of ten writers shaping the UK’s future.

MacInnes's newest novel is In Ascension.

At the Guardian he tagged ten titles "capturing scientists’ obsessive quest for knowledge," including:
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

Perhaps the most predictable inclusion on this list, Robinson has made a career out of dramatising the lives of scientists, partly as a way to challenge the anthropocentrism and ecological-neglect of much literary fiction. Aurora charts an interstellar journey to a potential second Earth, in a vast ship containing large biomes with distinct ecosystems. Biologist and ship leader Devi is tasked with maintaining life throughout her stage of the multi-generation journey. It’s not much of a spoiler to say the real wonder in this novel is the return to Earth. It has become trite to say that this planet is our only home, but rarely has the sentiment been shown as spectacularly as in Aurora.
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--Marshal Zeringue