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-siblings are Nick Sagan, Alexandra Sagan and Samuel Sagan.



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

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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