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Submission + - Biologist E.O. Wilson Pens Fiction Science: FiSci

mindbrane writes: Wired is running a short interview with noted naturalist and biologist E.O. Wilson as he speaks to the publication of his first novel.

"Anthill tells the parallel stories of Raff Cody, a southern lawyer trying to preserve the wilderness of his youth, and the epic territorial wars among the ants that inhabit that land. Wilson has argued that our behavior is governed by genetics and evolutionary imperatives. In Anthill, he turns that conviction into a narrative technique, writing about human nature with the same detachment he uses when explaining how worker ants lick the secretions of their larvae for nourishment. But Wilson’s novel is also an emotional plea to safeguard wild landscapes. Wilson talked to Wired about ants, evolution, and the creative aspects of the scientific process."

I'm especially interested in Wilson's effort because I think, rather than SciFi, we're looking at a new genre, FiSci. Fiction Science comes into play when science gives us enough of a framework to allow the warp and woof of a tapestry that tells a story. SciFi spoke to us from fiction peppered with science but FiSci speaks from science peppered with fiction. A short quote from the interview speaks to the difference. "In Anthill, you describe human interactions with the same scientific terminology that you use to describe the ants. For example, you have Raff size up a future girlfriend by analyzing bone structure and hip-to-waist ratio."

E.O. Wilson sums up his effort by stating, "We constantly hear about the creative arts being linked to the scientific imagination. But we haven’t been very successful in making that link. Anthill is my attempt in that direction."

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