Dorion Sagan

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Dorion Sagan (born 1959) is an American science writer, essayist, and theorist from Madison, Wisconsin. 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 book 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. He has four siblings. His brother Nick Sagan is a science fiction writer.



Co-written with Lynn Margulis

  • Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors (1986) ISBN 0671441698
  • 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) ISBN 0684810875
  • Slanted Truths: Essays on Gaia, Symbiosis, and Evolution (1997)
  • Acquiring Genomes: A Theory of the Origins of Species (2002) ISBN 0465043925
  • Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature (2007) ISBN 1933392312

Co-written with Eric D. Schneider

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

Co-written with others

  • 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)
  • Heretics (2003 - foreword to book by W. Sumner Davis)
  • 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)
  • The New Science of Growing Old---And What It Means for Staying Young (2015 --with Josh Mitteldorf)

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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