It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux imprint and imprint website!
A little less than two years ago, Scientific American and Farrar, Straus and Giroux came together to form a new book imprint that will extend Scientific American’s tradition of bringing the latest insights and developments in science and technology to the widest possible readership.
During this time, I’ve been working closely with Mariette DiChristina, Scientific American’s editor in chief, and her wonderful team as we discuss and find new ways to bring the best voices in science to the imprint.
Our first project, the award-winning Journey to the Exoplanets iPad app created by Scientific American art contributor Edward Bell and the Hugo Award–winning artist Ron Miller was recently named a finalist in the SXSW Interactive Awards. It was a real joy to work on this app—and it’s been particularly delightful to see that young people are really enjoying what it has to offer. We hope to produce more apps in the future—so stay tuned.
On the book side, you may have noticed an excerpt from Daniel Chamovitz’s What a Plant Knows in the May issue of Scientific American. This excerpt is the first of many that we will highlight and run as new books come out.
In addition to the excerpts, slideshows, and Q&As that we’re working on for the magazine and online, we’ve been busy creating this website, which is specifically devoted to the authors, books, and ideas that make this imprint so special to me.
The first three books we’re publishing this season (Daniel Chamovitz’s What a Plant Knows, Jesse Bering’s Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?, and Caleb Scharf’s Gravity’s Engines) are highlighted in detail here—look for Q&As with the authors, info about the books, forthcoming events and author tours, podcasts with Scientific American’s Steve Mirsky, and blog posts. And I hope you’ll keep coming back for more, as we’ll be updating the content regularly and giving you more information about the books forthcoming this fall: The Best Science Writing Online 2012 (with series editor and Scientific American blogs editor Bora Zivkovic and guest editor Jennifer Ouellette) and The Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton.
Next month, we’ll launch our live Twitter chats with SA/FSG authors. First up will be Daniel Chamovitz in June, followed by Jesse Bering in July, and Caleb Scharf in August. You’ll also get a sneak peek at some of the books to be published in the years to come.
We hope you enjoy the imprint as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it!
Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux