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Carl Zimmer is an award-winning science writer. He is a columnist for the New York Times and is the author of several books, including Parasite Rex, Soul Made Flesh, and A Planet of Viruses.


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Carl Zimmer Don't think of yourself as aspiring. If you're writing, you're a writer. But be a writer every day. That will require taking a bite out of the time…moreDon't think of yourself as aspiring. If you're writing, you're a writer. But be a writer every day. That will require taking a bite out of the time you spend doing other things, like sleeping. But if you feel passionately enough about writing, it will be worth it.

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Carl Zimmer Thanks! I don't know how other writers feel about sequels, but they make me uneasy. I like to jump to a different subject with each book, although…moreThanks! I don't know how other writers feel about sequels, but they make me uneasy. I like to jump to a different subject with each book, although there may be links from one book to another. For "Parasite Rex," for example, I decided to studiously avoid viruses and bacteria, because people are so familiar with them (as opposed to, say, a parasitic worm that turns ants into zombies). But lots of parasites are bacterial or viral. Later, I wrote a book about bacteria ("Microcosm"), and there I spent some time talking about the strategies that parasitic bacteria use to exploit us. And later still, I wrote a book called "Planet of Viruses," where I revisited some of the main themes of "Parasite Rex". So while I don't write sequels, my books do echo each other.(less)
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In the standard Frankenstein story, a scientist creates an unnatural monster that breaks out of the lab and runs amok. But why shouldunnatural make something unstoppable? The contrary is possible, too. Imagine a different story: Frankenstein’s monster escapes, realizes that it can’t survive in the outside world, and retreats back to the lab. This story line may not make for a satisfying movie,...

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“In 1494, King Charles VIII of France invaded Italy. Within months, his army collapsed and fled. It was routed not by the Italian army but by a microbe. A mysterious new disease spread through sex killed many of Charles’s soldiers and left survivors weak and disfigured. French soldiers spread the disease across much of Europe, and then it moved into Africa and Asia. Many called it the French disease. The French called it the Italian disease. Arabs called it the Christian disease. Today, it is called syphilis.”
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“Some ancient eukaryote swallowed a photosynthesizing bacteria and became a sunlight gathering alga. Millions of years later one of these algae was devoured by a second eukaryote. This new host gutted the alga, casting away its nucleus and its mitochondria, keeping only the chloroplast. That thief of a thief was the ancestor or Plasmodium and Toxoplasma. And this Russian-doll sequence of events explains why you can cure malaria with an antibiotic that kills bacteria: because Plasmodium has a former bacterium inside it doing some vital business.”
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