Both Roslynn and Raymond Haynes are members of the Fiction Meets Science Project
In recent decades, novelists have been writing new kinds of stories about science – its processes and concepts, people and institutions, its products and societal fall-out. In Fiction Meets Science (FMS), we are enjoying, contributing to, and exploring the literary and social implications of this trend, and of related trends in theatre, film and poetry. What does contemporary fiction reveal about the human dimensions of science or its place in society? Are its scientists villains or heroes, dictators or powerless pawns, drones or creative individuals, recluses or team players—stereotypes or multidimensional characters…? Can a novel show us the world through a physicist's or chemist's or biologist's eyes, can it make science more approachable, or inspire curiosity about scientific concepts?

The FMS program comprises
literary and sociological studies, public lectures and discussions, reading groups, interchanges between humanities, literary arts, and scientific communities, and support for the creation of new works of fiction by selected novelists. It is based at academic institutes in northwestern Germany, but the FMS scholars, novelists, and scientists come from around the world.
  • Major funding for FMS comes from the Volkswagen Foundation, Germany’s largest private sponser of humanities and social science research.
The next major event of the Fiction Meets Science project is the November Conference (19 – 21 November 2014) to be held at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Bremen, Germany.

Roslynn and Raymond are presenting a paper: Driven Scientists: How social, professional and ethical forces impact on scientist characters, and hence on science itself, in contemporary fiction.

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