Joshua Davis (writer)

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Joshua Davis
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Born 1974
Occupation Writer, Journalist, Filmmaker
Nationality American

Joshua Davis is an American author, journalist and filmmaker who lives in San Francisco, California. Davis is currently a contributing editor at Wired magazine. In 2003, he reported from Iraq for the magazine. He has also written about genetically modified cocaine in Colombia, attempts to engineer the apocalypse in Jerusalem, and the 2007 cyberwar between Estonia and Russia. His work has been anthologized in the 2006 and 2007 editions of "The Best of Technology Writing"[1] as well as the 2007 edition of "The Best American Science Writing."[2] His work has also appeared in GQ, Outside, Food & Wine, Men's Health and Maxim.

Davis' first book, The Underdog, was published by Random House in 2005. It chronicles Davis' entry into unusual competitions around the world, including the World Armwrestling Championship in Gdynia, Poland; the US Sumo Open in Los Angeles; the World Sauna Championship in Heinol, Finland; and the Golden Shrimp, a backwards running competition in Poviglio, Italy.

Davis' experiences as an arm wrestler are also chronicled in his film, "The Beast Within," which won Best Documentary at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival in 2003.

20th Century Fox is adapting his experiences as a lightweight sumo wrestler into a movie starring Jon Heder.

His article "La Vida Robot," about four teenage immigrants who build an underwater robot, is being adapted into a movie entitled "Spare Parts" by Warner Brothers.[3]


  • The Underdog' (2006)
  • "La Vida Robot," Best of Technology Writing, 2006
  • "Say Hello to Stanley", Best of Technology Writing, 2007
  • "Face Blind," Best American Science Writing, 2007
  • Spare Parts, Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream, 2014


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