Fiction & Poetry

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Daniel S. Greenberg

Greenberg, a Washington, D.C.-based science journalist, draws on decades of reporting on science policy, politics, and academe to craft this novel about politics and immorality in research. Greenberg's fictional institution, Kershaw University, ranks high in national standings but, in fact, is a dysfunctional institution. A tenured faculty, while constantly embroiled in bitter vendettas, is focused on protecting and enhancing its privileges. The students are mainly occupied with partying and sleeping late.

Jacqueline Houtman

Houtman, a freelance from Madison, Wis., has written a novel for children that puts the reader inside the mind of a boy with an autism spectrum disorder as he navigates his way through the drama of middle school life. The plot broaches topics such as school bullies, classmates with sensory processing disorders, acceptance, and understanding. Houtman hopes that after reading this book, children will better understand the "odd" child on the block who covers his ears when the fire drill sounds, becomes upset when the schedule is changed, and takes jokes literally.

Myra Sklarew

This is science writer Myra Sklarew's tenth collection of poetry. Trained as a biologist, Sklarew draws upon the discourses of science and the arts in equal measure.

Terra Ziporyn

Terra Ziporyn, a Maryland freelance, former associate editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, and author of a number of science books including The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health, uses a novel to delve into the mind of a serial murder. Ziporyn's atypical childhood, she says, sparked her interest in mass murderers and the psychology behind their crimes. Her father was the chief psychiatrist at Cook County Jail.

Ann Parker

Parker's book is the sequel to her first historical mystery, Silver Lies. She says she originally became interested in Leadville, Colo. in the late 1990s when she first learned her paternal grandmother had been raised there — something she learned about long after her grandmother's death.

Terra Ziporyn

Terra Ziporyn, another Maryland freelance writer, has taken her scientific knowledge about genetics and turned it into intriguing fiction. Her main character, Galton Morrow, is a progressive doctor, venereal disease expert and social climber. He is the product of a scientific-breeding experiment conducted by utopian visionaries at the Oneida Colony in Upstate New York.