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The NASW bookstore sells books, music, video, software, and other merchandise via Every purchase helps support NASW programs and services. Books featured below were written by NASW members or reviewed in ScienceWriters magazine. Appearance here does not indicate endorsement.

Jon Christensen

Jon Christensen, a Carson City, Nev., freelance writer, has crisscrossed Nevada's outback as an independent environmental reporter and science writer for newspapers and magazines from the Nevada Appeal to the New York Times. This, his first book, is a series of essays about people and the land, natural history, and the role of prospects and chance in the Silver State.

Daniel Charles

Raised on a farm and planted as a technology reporter at National Public Radio and New Scientist, Dan Charles has covered everything from the misadventures of the Mir Space Station to earthquakes in India, and nuclear smuggling in Germany. He says he wrote this biotechnology book because he discovered "amazing tales of invention, cutthroat business dealings, blood feuds between arrogant companies, and public interest groups that were willing to twist the truth as much as any corporate public relations official.

Erich Hoyt

Whether you think sharks are scary or beautiful, Hoyt has a book for you. Weaving together details from the latest scientific research about sharks, giant squid, dragonfish, and the huge tube worms, clams and tiny microbes of the deep-sea vents, he describes how the bottom of the sea is inhabited not by vicious monsters but by diverse species of pale starfish and mud-eating sea cucumbers.

Jeff Schmidt, Ph.D.

Schmidt, a physicist, was an editor at Physics Today magazine for 19 years — until his supervisors saw this book and fired him (see The book is about the politics of work and uses physicists as its main example.

Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber

Rampton, associate editor, PR Watch Center for Media and Democracy, and his co-author, founder and director of the organization, have written a book with which most science writers will identify. They point out that public relations firms and corporations know well how to exploit our trust to get us to buy what they have to sell: Let us hear it from a neutral third party, like a professor or a pediatrician or a soccer mom or a watchdog group.

Rob Kaplan

This is another book of use to science writers who need a quote or an anecdote to liven up an article. A literary agent, Kaplan has organized text thematically with topics including: "Science, Spirit and Religion;" "Chaos and Order;" "Where Did We Come From and Where Are We Headed;" "Ambition;" and "Success and Failure."

John Fripp, Michael Fripp, and Deborah Fripp

When you need a lead or an ending, you may find this book useful. It has such quotes as: "The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry, and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers." — Lewis Thomas in The Medusa and the Snail, 1979.