Dr. Alan Wu is a professor of lab medicine at UCSF and the Lab Director at San Francisco General Hospital. He’s written over 500 peer-reviewed papers in scientific and medical journals – and now is taking that factual background experience and creating forensic procedural fiction with an emphasis on scientific accuracy. With an eye toward the world learning more about proper lab work and methodology, and not unconscious of the effect House and Bones have had on TV, he has published his own book of speculative science fiction short stories – Mind Portal. If you love science, time travel, and “What If” speculation, you’ll love it!
- Dr. Alan Wu books that would make tasty references for writers:
- BECAUSE WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW WILL KILL YOU
- Self-assessment Q&A in Clinical Laboratory Science, III
- THE HIDDEN ASSASSIN: When clinical lab tests go awry
- And more! Really, go look him up if you’re going to use science in your murder stories!
Mentions from Episode 177:
- If you somehow missed it, House and Bones
- XKCD Science Montage
- Dr. Robert Lanza (Scientist) and Nancy Kress (Sci Fi writer) wrote Observer, as discussed in Episode 169
- Oliver Sacks
- Your Local Epidemiologist (Dr. Katelyn Jetelina)
- Laura Frankos’ time travel + modern medicine book Broadway Revival, as discussed on Episode 137
- Bonus Lookup – programs where you can go become a blood spatter expert like Dexter (without murdering anyone)