Coming October 3, 2017 from ForeEdge (The University Press of New England)

Ancient sea monsters. Epic underwater battles. Stunning fossil discoveries.

Combining the fascinations of undersea life and paleontology, Squid Empire is an epic adventure spanning hundreds of millions of years—from the primordial seas to the calamari on your dinner plate.

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Early praise:

“Cephs rule! Squid Empire, like its protagonists, is nimble, fast, surprising, smart, and weird in the very coolest sense of the word. What could be more fun than jetting back in time to primordial seas with the monsters who really ruled our planet? In these pages, Danna Staaf makes every dino-lover and every undersea adventurer’s dream come true. It’s a fabulous read with squishy, slimy delight on every page.”—Sy Montgomery, New York Times-bestselling author of The Soul of an Octopus

“This crystal-clear book will open your world to wider horizons and much deeper times.”—Carl Safina, New York Times-bestselling author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

“This engaging book may do for early cephalopods what paleontologists did for dinosaurs in the 1960s: spark a public renaissance of appreciation for these magnificent creatures who once ruled the seas.”—Jennifer Ouellette, author of Me, Myself and Why and The Calculus Diaries


Oct 20: Northern California Booksellers Association (NCIBA 2017), South San Francisco, CA
Oct 22: Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Seattle, WA
Oct 22-25: Geological Society of America (GSA 2017), Seattle, WA
Oct 26: Creatures of the Nightlife at the Cal Academy in San Francisco, CA
Oct 30: Nerd Nite East Bay in Oakland, CA
Nov 16-19: Western Society of Naturalists (WSN 2017) in Pasadena, CA
Dec 9: Writers with Drinks in San Francisco, CA
Jan 21: Science Sunday at the Seymour Center in Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 7: TONMOCON VII in Woods Hole, MA

Geeky t-shirt now available!