The excellent Dr. Jennifer Rohn has a piece in last week’s Nature (subscription only, unfortunately) graphing the remarkable rise of “Lab Lit” – a genre she has defined as “novels that contain scientists as central characters plying their trade” (and she kindly includes Percival’s Planet in this classification).  The genre has experienced quite a climb in percentage terms, as she demonstrates.

Dr. Rohn is the founder and editor of, which I highly recommend for its thoughtful commentary.  As I’ve said elsewhere, I do want to portray the scientific life accurately, so it’s most gratifying to be included in this article – thanks, doc, for the nice mention!