As autumn gathers around the nerve center, I can only lament how few books-for-pleasure I managed to get through during my vacation. But it’s always the way – sometimes the novels I pack never even manage to leave the suitcase.

We’ve been a little quiet over the summer period, but content should start picking up again soon in its usual “back to school” kind of way. As always, if you have anything to contribute to the site, just drop us a line on editorial(at) I promise we don’t bite. And if you think our response is taking too long, just give us a friendly prod. We are all volunteers with busy day jobs!

In the past week or so we’ve put up two new pieces – a story about the grant-reviewing process from our regular fiction contributor João Ramalho-Santos, entitled ‘Panel‘, and today’s offering: a neat little essay about how fiction adds value to understanding the scientific experience, from another regular contributor, Pippa Goldschmidt.

I can also report that a year’s worth of new nominations for the Lab Lit List has officially hit the desk of our List editor, Åsa Karlström, and should be ready for publication soon! (No pressure, Åsa.) It’s early days, but I’m fairly confident in saying that this may be our biggest upgrade yet, reflecting a growing popularity for writers wanting to deal with scientist characters. Long may it continue.

in the meantime, happy reading!