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Science  12 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5967, pp. 775
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5967.775

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Harvard University biologist Edward O. Wilson has long attracted attention for his scientific studies of ants, his push to preserve biodiversity, and his controversial ideas on sociobiology. Now he's trying his hand at a different type of writing: fiction. His first—and, he says, last—novel, Anthill, combines a multigenerational saga based in rural southern Alabama, where Wilson grew up and still visits frequently, with an unusual novella about his favorite insect. Wilson spoke with Science about tackling a new literary genre.