Writing

Books

Coming in October 2018 from Writer's Digest Books: I'm proud to be a contributor to Putting the Science in Fiction: Expert Advice for Writing with Authenticity in Science Fiction, Fantasy & Other Genres, edited by Dan Koboldt. My two essays are titled: "How the Ocean Will Kill You" and "Tentacles: From Octopus to Alien."

My book Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods came out from ForeEdge in October 2017, and NPR named it one of the best science books of the year. Find reviews and other information on the book page.







Articles
  • "Scientists Invented a Lice Comb for Urban Sea Lions in Chile." June 21, 2019. Atlas Obscura.
  • "Humane studies of octopuses get a boost." April 6, 2018. Science.
  • "A New Species of Giant Octopus Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight." December 25, 2017. Earther.
  • "True to Our Nature." In: Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet. Edited by Susan Cohen and Julie Dunlap. Trinity University Press, 2016.
  • Squid Lady Parts. 31 July 2014. Things We Don't Know. Semi-finalist for the 3 Quarks Daily Science Prize.
  • "How Exactly Could a Squid 'Inseminate' Your Mouth?" io9. 6/26/12.
  • KQED Science (2012-2015), a series covering the intersection of science and art (and occasionally food)
  • "Marketing the Mystery of the Giant Squid." September 29, 2011. Pacific Standard.

Fiction
"Talk To Us," my short story about the evolution of octopus society on an almost-post-human Earth, was published in Suction Cup Dreams: An Octopus Anthology (Obsolescent Press, 2013).

"Incoming" is flash fiction about three giant squid who are just as ambitious and reckless as young adults of any other species.

I've also completed a novel for young readers called Heart Set Free. It's the story of a girl and her squid. Here is a reference to the very early genesis of the idea, here is a silly drawing, and here is an excerpt.

And then I've got about seventy-hundred and twelve-teen other partially drafted short stories and novels. Here, have a summary and an excerpt of one called The Sky Mother's Children.



Institutional Writing
  • Writing, illustration and design of the annual newsletter for Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station, 2011 and 2012.

Editing

Research