Tuesday, July 15, 2008

E. O. Wilson working on a novel

Apparently, he would write a novel.

In a recent article in the New York Times, E. O. Wilson is said to be working on his first novel:

"Over lunch he describes his novel in progress, currently titled “Anthill.” Its contents have occasioned certain differences of emphasis between himself and his publisher, even though it was his editor at Norton, Robert Weil, who suggested he write it. Dr. Wilson would like ants to play a large role in the novel, given all the useful lessons that can be drawn from their behavior. The publisher sees a larger role for people and a smaller, at most ant-sized, role for ants. The novel is rotating through draft after draft as this tension is worked out."
I can't wait to read it.


  1. Have you ever read Bernard Werber's Empire of the Ants? (not to be confused with H.G. Wells' novel of the same name, which deals with giant, radioactive ants...)

  2. Yes! What a crazy book. If anyone out there hasn't read this yet, it is definitely worth a look.

  3. Please, EOWilson, don't listen to your publisher! There are way too many human protagonists in literature and too few ant protagonists! Humans need to listen to the creatures who have lived on the planet longer than we have, not without changing it of course, but without destroying it. And who better than Eilson to bring us the ants' wisdom? --Marion W. Copeland