Dorion Sagan is an award-winning author, co-author, contributor, and editor of over thirty books translated into some thirteen languages. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Skeptical Inquirer, Wired, Cabinet, Natural History, The Sciences, and Pabular, among others. His coauthored What is Life? (Main Selection, Global Business Network Book Club), was called “A masterpiece of science writing” in Orion magazine, and included on a list of “Mind-Altering Masterpieces” by Utne Reader. His most recent work, Cracking the Aging Code: The New Science of Growing Old, and What it Means for Staying Young, co-authored with theoretical physicist and aging expert Josh Mitteldorf, presents detailed evidence for a new theory of aging that replaces the evidence-impoverished (but generally accepted) free radical wear-and-tear theory, with an evidence-rich view that sees aging as an evolved adaptation against overpopulation.
His book Into the Cool, coauthored with ecologist Eric D. Schneider, was tagged “fascinating” by Nobel Prize winning chemist and poet Roald Hoffmann, and Melvin Konner, in The New York Times wrote about Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution 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.”
Although known primarily as a science writer and essayist, he has also contributed to philosophical works such as Zone 6: Incorporations (MIT Press) and A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans (University of Minnesota Press).
A Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association, he has been a Humana Scholar at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and received an Educational Press Association of America Excellence in Educational Journalism Award for “The Riddle of Sex,” which appeared in The Science Teacher. His Death and Sex, a two-in-one hardcover published by Chelsea Green, won the 2010 New York Book Show in the competitive general trade nonfiction category. His current interests include philosophy and science fiction.