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Scientists becoming authors

Post by Libby Cone » Wed January 14th, 2009, 8:56 pm

I think being creative makes a good scientist or a good author. From what I have read about CEO's, creativity does NOT aid their advancement.
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Post by Amanda » Wed January 14th, 2009, 9:16 pm

I wondered if with the historical fiction authors, it might have something to do with the research aspect.

I mean I think if I set out to write a book, it would never get written because I would just keep researching!

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Post by Ludmilla » Thu January 15th, 2009, 2:41 pm

Thought of another -- Mary Doria Russell.

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Post by Libby Cone » Thu January 15th, 2009, 2:45 pm

Amanda,

The nice thing about researching is that once you have been able to track down the extant primary sources, when you keep ordering more books they just quote and opine on these sources, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel.


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Who is Mary Doria Russell?

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Post by Ludmilla » Thu January 15th, 2009, 4:51 pm

Mary Doria Russell I think has written four novels so far. There are two that would be of interest here:

Dreamers of the Day (takes place during the Cairo Peace Accord with Lawrence of Arabia making an appearanace)

A Thread of Grace (about the Italian Resistance during WWII focused on the flight of a Jewish family seeking refuge from Southern France)

Her other two novels are SF/First Contact stories. I think her background is Paleoanthropology.

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Post by Carla » Thu January 15th, 2009, 5:11 pm

[quote=""Amanda""]I wondered if with the historical fiction authors, it might have something to do with the research aspect.

I mean I think if I set out to write a book, it would never get written because I would just keep researching![/quote]

Interesting point. I wonder if it might have something to do with curiosity about the world. People are always saying to me how strange it is for me to be interested in both science and history, and it doesn't seem strange to me at all because both tell me about how things came to be as they are. Geology tells me why East Anglia doesn't have any mountains, biology tells me why the sandy soils on the coast grow heather and sheep, history tells me why it's called East Anglia.
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