Dorion Sagan

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Dorion Sagan (born 1959) is an American essayist, fiction writer, poet, and theorist of ecology. He has written and co-authored books on culture, art, literature, evolution, and the history and philosophy of science, including Cosmic Apprentice, Cracking the Aging Code, and Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel (the latter, about his mother).

His book Into the Cool, co-authored with Eric D. Schneider, is about the relationship between non-equilibrium thermodynamics and life.

Sagan's works have been translated into 15 languages and are widely cited in critical theory since the "nonhuman turn," in new materialist theory, and in feminist science studies.

Sagan is a son of astronomer Carl Sagan and biologist Lynn Margulis. He has four siblings. His half-brother Nick Sagan is a science-fiction writer.


  • Livro de seres invisiveis (2021)ISBN 9786588069035
  • Cosmic Apprentice: Dispatches from the Edges of Science (2013) ISBN 978-0-8166-8135-8
  • Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel (2012, Sciencewriters Books) ISBN 1603584463
  • Death and Sex (two-in-one book with Tyler Volk, 2009) ISBN 1-60358-143-X
  • Biospheres: Metamorphosis of Planet Earth (1990) ISBN 0-07-054426-3
  • Notes from the Holocene: A Brief History of the Future (2007) ISBN 1-933392-32-0
  • Cooking with Jesus: From the Primal Brew to the Last Brunch (2001) ISBN 1-58898-160-6
  • The Sciences of Avatar (2010) ASIN B004089DDI

Co-written with Lynn Margulis

Co-written with Eric D. Schneider

  • Into the Cool: Energy Flow, Thermodynamics, and Life (2005) ISBN 0226739368

Co-written with others

  • Cracking the Aging Code: The New Science of Growing Old - And What It Means for Staying Young (2016 - with Josh Mitteldorf)
  • Up From Dragons: The Evolution of Human Intelligence (2002 - with John Skoyles)
  • Within the Stone: Nature's Abstract Rock Art (2004 - partial text to book of photographs by Bill Atkinson)
  • Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism (2006 - foreword to book by David Mills)
  • Darwin's Unfinished Business: The Self-Organizing Intelligence of Nature (2011 - with Simon G Powell)
Short Stories
  • "The Tchaikovsky Dream Continuum" Cabinet, Issue 54 The Accident (Summer 2014)
  • "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]

  • First place, Silent Mora Ring 122 International Brotherhood of Magicians – 1974
  • EdPress Excellence in Educational Journalism Award, Nonprofit National – 1986
  • Humana Scholarship – Centre College Danville, Kentucky (2003)
  • Lindisfarne Fellowship – Lindisfarne (2008 –)
  • Advisory Board – Sputnik Inc (2009 –)


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

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