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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.

Mary-Jane Schneider

Schneider, assistant dean for academic affairs and interim director of professional education at the School of Public Health of the University at Albany, SUNY, wrote this textbook for an undergraduate course she teaches. She is on a mission to educate the uninformed about the importance of public health as a societal effort, based on science, to prevent disease and promote the health of its members.

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.