Nerd Novels: Exploring Worlds of Knowledge in Fiction


10Apr2015

How can we teach readers what they need to know to understand our stories while keeping them engaged with characters who are, essentially, nerds?

Los Angeles Convention Center

In recent decades, an increasing number of novelists have looked to science and scholarship for their subjects. We discuss the challenges and payoffs of working with such rich but demanding material. How do we bring obscure realms of knowledge such as chemistry, climate science, literary criticism, astronomy, or economics to life in fiction? How can we teach readers what they need to know to understand our stories while keeping them engaged with characters who are, essentially, nerds?

(with Susan M. Gaines, Michael Byers, and Peter Mountford)

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