Dorion Sagan

Ecological Theorist and Writer

Dorion Sagan

Dorion Sagan is a celebrated writer, ecological philosopher, and author or coauthor of  twenty-five books, which have been translated into fifteen languages. His work has appeared in Natural History, Smithsonian, Wired, Cabinet, and The New York Times, among other publications. He is a member of the Lindisfarne Association and the Advisory Network of Psymposia, as well as Sputnik Inc.

Nature magazine named the book to which he contributed, Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov’s Scientific Art as one of their Top Twenty books for 2016. In 2014 Kevin Kelly, for The Long Now Foundation, listed his book Biospheres: Metamporphosis of Planet Earth, a Selected Book for the Manual for Civilization. Son of Carl Sagan and world renowned biologist Lynn Margulis, Dorion edited and introduced the 2012 collection, Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel, an IndieFab Award Winner in ForeWord Reviews’ Adult Nonfiction Biography category. He contributed to software developer Bill Atkinson’s digital photography book, Within the Stone, an American Photo “Best Photo Book of 2004” in the category of “Art and Science.” In 2003 he was Humana scholar at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky; in 1986 he won an Educational Press Association of America Excellence in Educational Journalism Award for the article, “The Riddle of Sex,” and in 1974 he won Blue Ribbon in the youth contest for sleight of hand in Silent Mora Ring 122, the Boston Chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He was called an “unmissable modern master” by Stephen Young in the New Scientist; Nobel laureate Roald Hoffman tagged his book, Into the Cool, with ecologist and Eric D. Schneider “fascinating,” and Melvin Konner, in The New York Times wrote of Microcosmos, coauthored with long-time writing partner Lynn Margulis, that “this admiring reader of Lewis Thomas, Carl Sagan and Stephen Jay Gould has seldom, if ever, seen such a luminous prose style in a work of this kind.” What is Life? also written with Margulis, was included on a list of “Mind-Altering Masterpieces” by the Utne Reader, and was called “A masterpiece of science writing” by Orion magazine.

Sagan has also collaborated on books with British neuroscientist John Skoyles, biosphere system theorist Tyler Volk of New York University (Death/Sex), and theoretical biologist, Josh Mitteldorf (Cracking the Aging Code; UK What Good is Death?), “the most original popular science book you’re likely to read this year,” according to Peter D. Kramer, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University. Dorion’s interests extend beyond science to include literature, humanities, and the arts.

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