The Best Science Writing Online 2012, the latest incarnation of the Open Lab anthology of online science writing, is officially available for purchase today. This year’s collection includes my “Intelligent homosexual’s guide to natural selection” alongside contributions from many far better popular science writers—including Carl Zimmer, Eric M. Johnson, Christie Wilcox, Maryn McKenna, Brian Switek, Ed Yong, and Maggie Koerth-Baker.
To mark the release, Open Lab series editor Bora Zivkovic and 2012 edition editor Jennifer Ouellette will be holding an online chat about the book, the history of OpenLab, and how the 2012 edition came together. It’ll be over at the Scientific American website, starting at noon Eastern time (GMT -5h).◼
I’ve already tweeted about this last night, as soon as I got the e-mail—but Jennifer Ouellette has just made it official with the complete list of science blog posts chosen for Open Lab 2011. And among them is my long discussion of natural selection and homosexuality. It’ll be great to see that piece in actual dead-tree print. It’ll be even better to see it alongside top-notch writing from such a long list of folks whose work I admire. ◼
The hardworking crew behind the Open Lab collection of online science writing haven’t quite finished production of the 2010 edition yet, but they’re already taking submissions for the 2011 collection. Submit your online science articles published after 1 December, 2010 using the handy online form. Self-nomination is not only okay, it’s encouraged. And hey, it worked for me.
As one of forty volunteer reviewers, I know how stiff the competition was, and how hard the final decisions must have been. I only have an inkling, though, of the amazing effort editor Jason Goldman put in to sort through all the submissions, coordinate reviews, and develop a final list.
The cover design for the final print volume will apparently be unveiled at Science Online 2011 (which is next weekend!), and the book itself will be available for purchase once all the submissions are revised for dead-tree formatting.