Dorion Sagan

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Dorion Sagan (born 1959 in Madison, Wisconsin) is an American science writer, essayist, and theorist. He has written and co-authored many books on culture, evolution, and the history and philosophy of science, most recently The Sciences of Avatar: from Anthropology to Xenology and Death and Sex, which won first place at the 2010 New York Book Show in the general trade nonfiction category. His Into the Cool, co-authored with Eric D.Schneider, is about the relationship between non-equilibrium thermodynamics and life.

Sagan is the son of astronomer Carl Sagan and biologist Lynn Margulis. His younger brother is Jeremy Sagan and his half-brother is Nick Sagan.


  • Biospheres: Metamorphosis of Planet Earth (1990) ISBN 0-07-054426-3
  • Cooking with Jesus: From the Primal Brew to the Last Brunch (2001) ISBN 1-58898-160-6
  • Notes from the Holocene: A Brief History of the Future (2007) ISBN 1-933392-32-0
  • Death and Sex (second part of two-in-one book with Tyler Volk, 2009) ISBN 1-60358-143-X
  • The Sciences of Avatar: From Anthropology to Xenology (2010) ASIN B004089DDI
  • Cosmic Apprentice, or Dispatches from the Edges of Science (2013) ISBN 978-0-8166-8135-8

Co-written with Lynn Margulis

  • Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors (1986)
  • Origins of Sex : Three Billion Years of Genetic Recombination (1986)
  • Garden of Microbial Delights: A Practical Guide to the Subvisible World (1988)
  • Biospheres from Earth to Space (1989)
  • Mystery Dance: On the Evolution of Human Sexuality (1991)
  • What Is Sex? (1995)
  • What Is Life? (1995)
  • Slanted Truths: Essays on Gaia, Symbiosis, and Evolution (1997)
  • Acquiring Genomes: A Theory of the Origins of Species (2002)
  • Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature (2007)

Co-written with Eric D. Schneider

  • Into the Cool: Energy Flow, Thermodynamics, and Life (2005)

Co-written with others

  • "Metametazoa: Biology and Multiplicity" (1992 - In Incorporations: Fragments for a History of the Human Body, Jonathan Crary and Sanford Kwinter, editors, Zone, pp. 362–385)
  • "Partial closure: Dorion Sagan reflects on Carl" (1997 - Whole Earth, summer, pp. 34–37)
  • "Gender Specifics: Why Women Aren't Men" (1998 - The New York Times [1])
  • "The Beast with Five Genomes" (2001 - with Lynn Margulis - Natural History June, pp. 38–41) [2]
  • "The Postman Already Always Rings Twice: Fragments for an Understanding of the Future" (2004 "Cabinet: A Quarterly of Art and Culture", pp. 23–27)
  • "Gradient-Reduction Theory: Thermodynamics and the Purpose of Life" (2004 - with Jessica H. Whiteside. In Scientists Debate Gaia: The Next Century MIT Press)
  • "A Brief History of Sex" (2007 - Cosmos [Australia], June/July, pp. 50–55)
  • "Evolution, Complexity, and Energy Flow" (2008 - Back to Darwin: A Richer Account of Evolution [John B. Cobb Jr., Editor], William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, pp. 145–156)
  • "What is the Cultural Relevance of Bacteria?" (2009 - Sputnik Observatory) [3]
Short Stories
  • "The New Age Witch" (1993) - After Hours, #19, summer, pp. 36–45
  • "Love’s Strangers" (2006) Meat for Tea: The Northampton Review, summer, Vol. 1, Issue 3, "Flesh," pp. 3–10
  • "Semi-Naked" (2006) Meat for Tea: The Northampton Review, winter, Vol. 1, Issue 1, "Gristle," pp. 5–24

Awards and honors[edit]


  • "Dorion Sagan." (June 15, 2005). Contemporary Authors Online. Retrieved May 20, 2007.

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