Nearly all of us work in some business and the better part of our waking hours is often spent engaged in that work, so placing my novels in an industry has always felt to me to be a natural extension of life. The industry in STAR TIME (coming out this Wednesday) is network television. In my legal thriller A QUESTION OF PROOF, the victim is a newspaper publisher. BIRTHRIGHT (being published soon) is the saga of an investment banking family. The amount of research that I had to master to be able to write knowledgeably about those industries was often daunting. If one is not a scientist and, more specifically, a scientist in the specific discipline in which a novel is to be set, the research can be even more daunting. Exposure to the science can be fascinating to readers, but that will prove inconsequential to creating a compelling novel if the characters and their concerns do not fascinate as well.