Joshua Davis (writer)

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Joshua Davis
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OccupationWriter, Journalist, Filmmaker, Co-Founder of Epic Magazine

Joshua Davis (born 1974) is an American writer, film producer and co-founder of Epic Magazine. Davis is best known for writing a number of non-fiction pieces that have been optioned for film and television.[1]

Davis is a contributing editor at Wired magazine. His work has been anthologized in the 2006 and 2007 editions of "The Best of Technology Writing"[2] as well as the 2007 edition of "The Best American Science Writing."[3] He has also written for The New Yorker[4] and other major magazines.[5]

Davis' first book, The Underdog, was published by Random House in 2005.[6] It chronicles Davis' entry into unusual competitions around the world, including the World Armwrestling Championship in Gdynia, Poland. His article "La Vida Robot," about four teenage immigrants who build an underwater robot, was adapted into a movie called Spare Parts by Lionsgate[7] starring George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marisa Tomei. It premiered in January 2015.[8]

In 2013, Davis and Joshuah Bearman formed Epic Magazine,[9] a digital magazine and production company specializing in true stories.[10] Davis and Bearman have sold twenty articles to Hollywood, with two films produced.[11] As of November 2015, they have a first-look deal with Twentieth Century Fox.[12] Davis, in partnership with J. J. Abrams and Bad Robot, also produced the short documentary series "Moon Shot," which chronicles the work of those competing for the Google Lunar X Prize.[13]

In 2014, Davis was selected as a Finalist for a National Magazine Award in Feature Writing.[14] He lives in San Francisco, California.


  • "If We Run Out Of Batteries, This War Is Screwed," Wired, June 1, 2003
  • 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
  • "Fox Makes Epic First-Look Deal for Online Venture for Film Centric Journalism," Deadline, August 19, 2013
  • "Magazine Writing, On the Web, for Film," The New York Times, August 11, 2013
  • "Building An Epic Brand Around Incredible True Stories," Fast Company, August 23, 2013
  • "The Crypto Currency," The New Yorker, October 10, 2011
  • Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream, 2014


  1. ^ "Building An Epic Brand Around Incredible, True Stories". Fast Company. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  2. ^ "digitalculturebooks - Browse Volume/Issue". Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  3. ^ World Archipelago. "The Best American Science Writing 2007". HarperCollins US. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  4. ^ Joshua Davis (10 October 2011). "The Crypto-Currency". The New Yorker. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Sumo". Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  6. ^ "*** UNDERDOG NATION *** THE BOOK ***". Retrieved 2015-12-04.
  7. ^ McNamara, Sean (2015-06-05). "Spare Parts". Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  8. ^ "George Lopez film about Phoenix school gets release date". 1 July 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Extraordinary True Stories - Epic Magazine". Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Building An Epic Brand Around Incredible, True Stories". Fast Company. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Magazine Writing on the Web, for Film". The New York Times. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  12. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "Fox Makes Epic First-Look Deal With Online Venture For Film-Centric Journalism". Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  13. ^ Santos, Nix. "Watch: Reach to Infinity and Beyond With J.J. Abrams on 'Moon Shot'". Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  14. ^ "National Magazine Awards 2014 Finalists Announced". Retrieved 7 October 2017.

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