Hello, and sorry I've flaked completely on the collaborative fiction; haven't had time to write enough of the regular kind lately. Something interesting, though, from Roald Hoffmann at SLSA, which wrapped up today. In panel, talking about writing v. science, he said, "If there's anything [scientists] have done right...it is the ethics of collaboration." Which I thought a curious idea, given the fights that go on in name presence & order on papers, fears about stolen credit, etc. I mean it's true you guys work much more collaboratively than writers usually do, unless we're writing crap for pay and don't care how it comes out, really, but I don't recall having heard much happiness here about how collaboration works in science. Mostly sucking-breath-in fear about career jockeying.
Incidentally: What books and plays have to do with the actual business of science? (While Hoffmann was talking about Oxygen, I kept thinking of Glengarry Glen Ross and all those Malamud stories about store life. Business is great for drama, esp. if you leave the loud ER-type cliches alone.)
I claim nerd points for posting from the Apple store on Central Park South, btw.