Behold my bedside reading material: not too much and not too little.


I think three is just about right as my Christmas holiday approaches its second week. Unfortunately reading has to compete with a lot of other things: family time, baking, gardening, and a long list of home chores that we’ve been avoiding all year. The most important of these is tidying up my writing area, which has been so messy of late that I’ve not been able to find that quiet mental space I need to create life on the page.

The image features the upcoming Fiction Lab book group selections for the next three months. I am most excited by The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick, which looked so promising that we violated our hallowed “wait until it comes out in paperback” rule especially for it. None of these titles is yet on the LabLit List, which is due to be updated in a few months’ time.

If you’re as busy as I am and don’t have time to read a novel, do check out regular contributor Becky Nesbit’s short story ‘The family skeptic’ published today on the site. At just over 500 words, you’ll still have plenty of time for mince pies, cheese and port, box sets and quarreling cheerfully with your family over the festive period.

From everyone here at LabLit, we wish you a happy and prosperous new year, full of great science in fiction.

What’s on your reading pile?