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Promoting science in fiction

Q&A with Ann Lackie, novelist and former scientist

Jennifer Rohn
Ann Lackie is a former parasitologist and zoologist who resides in Cumbria, UK, where she is now a science broadcaster, consultant, and novelist (under the pen name Ann Lingard). Jennifer Rohn interviewed her in person and by Email.Q: You often use science or scientists in your novels. What's your philosophy?A: Science should not be overt. You don't want the reader to think, 'Oh, that's where she did her research.' My strategy is to use scientists as major or minor characters -- science just happens to be their job -- and to take them wherever it suits me as author to send them. Scientists are very adaptable as characters. My novels are not 'about' science. For example, one of the characters in The Fiddler's Leg is a postgraduate finishing off his Ph.D. in biochemistry. We can learn a little about what his lab looks like and what he does, because...

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