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Digging for Gold

By Bill Streever


Writers work instinctively, at least in early drafts. With that in mind I sometimes review my own work, asking various versions of one basic question: “Why did I write it like that?”

Mr. Universe

Lonely Hearts and Einstein in Love

Dennis Overbye Peers into the Personal Side of the Greatest Minds in Cosmology, Astronomy and Physics

by Amelia Jaycen

Close Encounters with a Rattlesnake

Close Encounter with a Rattlesnake: The Science and Art of Science Writing

By Michelle Nijhuis / photos courtesy of Beth Maynor Young and Jeff Barbee

As a science writer, I've tagged along with researchers while they pursued puffins, bats, golden-mantled ground squirrels, freshwater mussels and the sperm of endangered Caribbean coral. (Ask me about that last one sometime.) But my career began with an uncomfortably close look at a rattlesnake.

My Mommy is a Superhero

Amy Dockser Marcus, pen in hand, seeks to turn back time for her cancer-stricken mother

By Staci Parks

In an instant, life changes. The most meticulously laid plans fall into the shadows. Our perspective shifts. Our true character emerges. The essence of our human spirit makes itself known in ways we never knew possible.

Amy Dockser Marcus will never forget her instant.

The Wright Process

Pulitzer Prize Winner Lawrence Wright on Writing, Donkeys and His 4x6 Approach to Research

By Joanna Cattanach with photos by Ben Sklar

Lawrence Wright stood poolside in Pakistan, his thoughts focused on the phone call he’d received hours earlier. Should he stay or should he go home? A good friend would go home. A good writer would stay.

But he couldn’t be both good friend and good writer, not with this story.