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Steve Silberman is an American writer for Wired magazine and has been an editor and contributor there for 14 years. In 2010, Silberman was awarded the AAAS "Kavli Science Journalism Award for Magazine Writing."
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Nobody's Normal
How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness
Roy Richard Grinker - Jan 26, 2021
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For centuries, scientists and society cast moral judgments on anyone deemed mentally ill, confining many to asylums. In Nobody’s Normal, anthropologist Roy Richard Grinker chronicles the progress and setbacks in the struggle against mental-illness stigma—from the eighteenth century, through America’s major wars, and into today’s high-tech economy.G...
Steve Silberman
Feb 05, 2021
So glad to see @RoyGrinker's "Nobody's Normal" on the @nytimes Editors' Choice Top Ten list this week. An important book about reducing the stigma around mental illness.      source
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Icebound
Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
Andrea Pitzer - Jan 12, 2021
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In the bestselling tradition of Hampton Sides’s In the Kingdom of Ice, a riveting and cinematic tale of Dutch polar explorer William Barents and his three harrowing Arctic expeditions—the last of which resulted in a relentlessly challenging year-long fight for survival.The human story has always been one of perseverance—often against remarkable odd...
Steve Silberman
Feb 04, 2021
[email protected]'s "Icebound" is an excellent book.      source
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Deborah Blum
Footprints
In Search of Future Fossils
David Farrier - Mar 03, 2020
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A profound meditation on climate change and the Anthropocene and an urgent search for the fossils--industrial, chemical, geological--that humans are leaving behindWhat will the world look like in ten thousand years--or ten million? What kinds of stories will be told about us?In Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils, the award-winning author David...
Steve Silberman
Dec 18, 2020
Sometimes, when I get a manuscript to blurb, I read a couple of paragraphs at the beginning and sigh with relief, because I know I'll be in good hands for the rest. @David_Farrier's "Footprints" was one of those. A brilliant, mind-opening book.      source
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 1
1929-1964
Robert Silverberg - Feb 01, 2005 (first published in 1970)
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If you own only one anthology of classic science fiction, it should be The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume One, 1929-1964. Selected by a vote of the membership of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), these 26 reprints represent the best, most important, and most influential stories and authors in the field. The contributors are a Who...
Steve Silberman
Jul 18, 2020
This book changed my life as a kid, particularly Cordwainer Smith's haunting "Scanners Live in Vain." I once waited on Silverberg at a restaurant in SF and thanked him personally.      source
I Contain Multitudes
The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong - Jan 16, 2018 (first published in 2016)
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Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin—a “microbe’s-eye view” of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on earth.Every anim...
Steve Silberman
Jan 01, 2016
This book on the microbiome by @edyong209 (title, Walt Whitman) will be a must-read of 2016.      source
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