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Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. Following a distinguished career at a private nursery school--he was almost immediately expelled--he attended public schools and the Cambridge School of Weston. Notable events in his early life included the loss of a fingertip at the age of three to a bicycle; the loss of his two front teeth to his brother Richard's fist; and various broken bones, also incurred in dust-ups with Richard. (Richard went on to write The Hot Zone and The Cobra Event, which tells you all you need to know about what it was like to grow up with him as a brother.)

As they grew up, Doug, Richard, and their little brother David roamed the quiet suburbs o...more


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Douglas Preston Linc was the editor for my first book, Dinosaurs in the Attic, which was a nonfiction exploration of the American Museum of Natural History in New…moreLinc was the editor for my first book, Dinosaurs in the Attic, which was a nonfiction exploration of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and how they collected all that fabulous stuff. He suggested we write a thriller set in the Museum, and that became Relic. It was originally going to be a one-off partnership, but I found I enjoyed working with Linc and writing thrillers so much that we continued.(less)
Douglas Preston We divide up the chapter outline and each of us takes a sequence of chapters -- for example, I'll write a sequence from Pendergast's point of view and…moreWe divide up the chapter outline and each of us takes a sequence of chapters -- for example, I'll write a sequence from Pendergast's point of view and Linc will write a sequence from Corrie's POV, and then we will swap what we've written and rewrite each other. (less)
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“It's a very bad habit, but one I find hard to break.”
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“You think of yourself as an "individual person", with a unique and separate mind. You think you are born and you think you die. All your life you feel separate and alone. Sometimes desperately so. You fear death because you fear the loss of individuality. All this is an illusion. You, he, she, those things around you living or not, the stars and galaxies, the empty space in between- these are not distinct, separate objects. All is fundamentally entangled.”
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