Genre tips

#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Lablit

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.

My topic, like the last three times, will be writing genres.

This genre:



realist portrayals of scientists and science as a profession

Tipsa to z

  1. The Lablit website says: “[Lablit] depicts realistic scientists as central characters and portrays fairly realistic scientific practice or concepts, typically taking place in a realistic — as opposed to speculative or future — world.” Good tips for crafting these stories
  2. Lablit is fiction but not speculative or futuristic.
  3. Make your science central to the plot and characters and the type of stuff that could be searched on the Internet.
  4. If you like writing real science as a central plot, you’ll want to visit the premiere website on this topic,
  5. Don’t stereotype your scientists in white labcoats and glasses.
  6. The scientists in these novels are human, fallible, and prone to the same problems as anyone.
  7. Make readers feel like an observer at the lab door.

Popular Books

  1. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
  2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  3. The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
  4. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
  5. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  6. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  7. Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
  8. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
  9. A Whiff of Death by Isaac Asimov
  10. The Double Helix by James Watson–yes this is non-fiction but enthralling and gripping enough to be fiction

BTW: If the book you’ve written fits into any of these genres, let me know in the comments and I’ll include you, the book title, and where to purchase it.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022 

64 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Lablit

  1. I have never heard of this genre, yet I enjoy reading books like these very much. I’ve read six of these on your list! Who knew? I suddenly feel much smarter, knowing that I like Lablit, and that I know the name of the genre! 🙂

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  2. I recently read a lablit/action-adventure novel by Stephanie Meyer titled The Chemist. It was interesting, if a little confusing. The chemist ends up running for her life against some dangerous government agencies- a great read.

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    • I’ll check that out. My thrillers border on science adventures (dealing with invisibility for submarines–that sort of science) but it’s not enough of the plot to be categorized here. Really interesting stuff, this realistic science.


  3. Frankenstein is one of my favorite classic novels. Lovely to see it included. Would you consider Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on this list, or was his experiment with the formula not enough of the plot to warrant inclusion?

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