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Nayani Jensen is a writer and historian of science. After studying mechanical engineering, she studied English literature and the history of science at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Jensen’s work has appeared in Nature, The New Quarterly, and Augur Magazine. Born and raised in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), she is currently working on a short story collection and pursuing a PhD in the history of climate science at the University of Toronto.

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“‘Like Rabbits’ is historical fiction at its most intimate and convincing. This storybeautifully harks back to the golden age of Dutch science, a time when men played gods. As one such man attempts to conceive with his wife, he seeks credit for his groundbreaking discoveriesat great personal cost — only to face tragedy and his own mortality. With elegance, authority, and vitality, Nayani Jensen gives us a timeless story of ambition and a tender portrait of a marriage.”

—2024 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award short fiction jury (Jessica Johns, Maria Reva, and Jack Wang)

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