The LabLit List: the culture of science in fiction and fact

If you enjoy science thrillers, you simply MUST visit LabLit.com.

Browse at will (in another post, I’ll talk about some of the features of the LabLit site), but a highlight of the site is an extensive of list of lab lit novels, films, plays, and TV programs.  Here’s how they define which works qualify:

‘Lab lit’ is not ‘science fiction’; briefly, lab lit fiction depicts realistic scientists as central characters and portrays fairly realistic scientific practice or concepts, typically taking place in a realistic – as opposed to speculative or future – world. The action does not have to take place in a laboratory per se, just anywhere where scientists are doing what they do, such as a field station.

The list is a nice complement to my work here at Science Thrillers; our lists do intersect.  My focus is on stereotypical genre thrillers, some of which are scientific enough to qualify as lablit, but many (such as James Rollins’ books) lean too far toward sci-fi to be a “realistic” depiction of scientists or scientific practice.  At my site, you’ll find reviews; only a handful of books are reviewed in various places at the LabLit website.  But if you’re looking for science-themed titles with more literary or dramatic content, LabLit is a great place to build your TBR (“to be read”) pile.

P.S. I must mention one of best LabLit books ever is reviewed here at Science Thrillers: Intuition by Allegra Goodman.

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