Embrace a Career Sidestep: Write a novel

Ever thought about taking a career sidestep to write a novel? Seriously. Issac Asimov was a biochemistry professor before he started to write science fiction (I, Robot; Fantastic Voyage; and 500 more novels). The astronomer Carl Sagan wrote Contact. Michael Crichton was a physician before he became a best-selling author (Jurassic Park and Andromeda Strain, among others). Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote under the pen name Lewis Carroll, was a mathematician (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland).

Just Blog! Words from a Repeat Offender

At least once a month, AAAS Policy Fellows get an email from a Sci on the Fly editor with a suggestion for a blog post – it usually starts with, “Who can speak to this topic….”? I like to believe that most people a) read the email and then b) think, “wow, that would be a good topic for a blog” then c) if they are someone who can speak to the topic they write and if not, they are reminded of another topic about which they can write.

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