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Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas

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Alien Ocean immerses readers in worlds being newly explored by marine biologists, worlds usually out of sight and reach: the deep sea, the microscopic realm, and oceans beyond national boundaries. Working alongside scientists at sea and in labs in Monterey Bay, Hawai'i, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Sargasso Sea and at undersea volcanoes in the eastern ...more
Paperback, 422 pages
Published January 5th 2009 by University of California Press (first published December 6th 2008)
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Jul 04, 2009 rated it liked it
This is the dude whose research most makes me jealous. The anthropology of biological oceanography. Seriously, this guy is a real a** clown for thinking of this before I did.
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
As far as I'm concerned, Helmreich is the anti-Bill Maurer. Maurer's short essays are always interesting and sometimes revelatory, his books, especially Mutual Life Blah, Blah, Blah are excruciating. The couple short pieces I'd read or tried to read by Helmreich were precious to the point of unreadability, but this book which incoporates and (unusually for an established anthropologist?) substantially reworks several journal articles is actually pretty spiffy. Even if he has spawned the latest ...more
Theresa Macphail
OK, I'm biased here. Stefan was my advisor at NYU and I love his work. Also, I'm cited.

However, speaking objectively as a writer myself, I can attest that Stefan is one of the best anthropological writers out there today. Seriously. Beautiful, thoughtful prose and analysis that makes you want to go back and reread this book just to make sure you understand all the connections he's making. A wonderful book for anthropologists, ocean lovers, and science geeks.
Edward Fenner
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting book. A bit dense subject matter but written in a very open, engaging, and readable style.
Jun 14, 2010 marked it as to-read
Just bought this book... should be coming on amazon.
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Stefan Helmreich is professor of anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Alien Ocean and Silicon Second Nature.