Værker af Richard Preston
Farezone 4 (1994) 5,970 eksemplarer
Cobra sagen (1977) 1,740 eksemplarer
The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story (2002) 1,686 eksemplarer
The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring (2007) 1,173 eksemplarer
Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science (2008) 592 eksemplarer
Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come (2019) 275 eksemplarer
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007 (2007) — Redaktør — 250 eksemplarer
First Light: The Search for the Edge of the Universe (1987) 241 eksemplarer
American Steel: Hot Metal Men and the Resurrection of the Rust Belt (1991) 116 eksemplarer
The Boat of Dreams: A Christmas Story (2003) 44 eksemplarer
The Best American Science Writing 2006 (2006) — Bidragyder — 263 eksemplarer
The Best American Science Writing 2008 (2008) — Bidragyder — 142 eksemplarer
The Best American Science Writing 2001 (2001) — Bidragyder — 132 eksemplarer
Smallpox: The Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer (1600) — Forord — 87 eksemplarer
Reader's Digest Select Editions 1998 v04 #238 (1998) 30 eksemplarer
The Best American Magazine Writing 2000 (2000) — Bidragyder — 26 eksemplarer
Reader's Digest Today's Best Nonfiction 33 1995 (1995) 4 eksemplarer
Reader's Digest Condensed Books: The Shadow in the Sands • The Cobra Event • No Regrets • The Marketmaker 4 eksemplarer
Reader's Digest Today's Best Nonfiction (1995) 2 eksemplarer
- Kanonisk navn
- Preston, Richard
- Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
- New York, New York, USA
Hopewell, New Jersey, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- Wellesley High School (1972)
Pomona College (BA|1977)
Princeton University (Ph.D|1983)
- Preston, Douglas (brother)
Preston, David M.D (brother)
Preston, Michelle Parham (wife)
- The New Yorker
- Kort biografi
- Richard Preston may be the only literary journalist who has had an asteroid named after him. Discovered by Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker—the astronomers who were the subject of First Light (1987)—Asteroid Preston measures between three and five miles across. In a scenario that could come from one of his own books, Asteroid Preston will likely collide with Mars or the Earth during the next hundred thousand years.
Preston has developed a genre of literary journalism that lends scientific subjects—virology, astronomy, gene theory—the drama and excitement more often associated with great travel or adventure writing. His characters are pioneers, extending the boundaries of knowledge in much the way that the early American explorers did.
Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on August 5, 1954. A mediocre high school student, he was rejected by every college to which he applied. He desperately wanted to attend Pomona College in California and badgered the dean into accepting him in time for the second semester.
In 1977, Preston was graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English and continued on to Princeton for graduate school. In 1979, he took John McPhee's "Literature of Fact" writing course—a famous incubator for literary journalists. "McPhee taught us precision in shaping words and sentences. He taught us absolute respect for facts."
In 1985, he received an advance from Atlantic Monthly Press to write about the astronomers at Caltech's seven-story-tall Hale telescope. First Light was praised for covering a difficult technical subject without either distorting or oversimpifying the facts and won the 1988 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award.
American Steel (1991) tells the story of the Nucor Corporation's search for a new way to pour sheet steel, and the building of a new steel mill in the middle of a cornfield outside Crawfordsville, Indiana. "In the best tradition of John McPhee and Tracy Kidder, Preston captures the feel of the project through direct observation of people at work," writes Mark Reutter in The Washington Post.
In the early 1990s, Preston feared that AIDS was only the tip of the iceberg—that other deadly viruses would soon begin emerging from once-remote forests around the world. He learned of an outbreak of Ebola among monkeys in Reston, Virginia and reconstructed the events, tracking the virus from a cave in Uganda to Virginia. His expanded his New Yorker article, "Crisis In the Hot Zone," into The Hot Zone, which became an international bestseller. Stephen King called it "one of the most horrifying things I've ever read in my life."
Preston continued his exploration in two further volumes of what he calls his "dark biology" series. The first was a novel, The Cobra Event (1997). The third, The Demon in the Freezer (2002), about smallpox and other deadly viruses, was developed from a New Yorker article of the same title, which won the 2000 National Magazine Award for public interest writing.
Most recently, Preston learned little-known tree-climbing techniques in order to write about a botanist who studies the ecology of the California Redwood forest canopy, thirty-five stories above ground.
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